PTSD and stress are causes by traumatic events or from suffering difficulty over time. Many of us who suffer from stress can benefit greatly by recognizing the signs that happen to us as outlined in the first five articles, but also from recognizing the outside or external triggers that push our stress level up and can lead to a PTSD episode.
When the things around us change, it means we have to adapt or change ourselves. Even if things change for the better, it can feel stressful and overwhelming. A new baby is blessing but when you think of the stress! Even a new car that is so fun makes you stressed about payments, dings and spills in the back seat. Change means stress. Major changes mean major stress. Minor changes can still mean major stress. It’s all about how you react.
Here are some major changes that cause us stress:
Having your love one deployed.
Changing or losing your job.
Getting a promotion or having a change in benefits.
Having a Baby.
Moving to a new location/PCS Move
Leaving school, graduating or changing school.
Being awarded a medal or commendation.
Retiring or being forced to retire.
Using your GI benefits – or not taking advantage of them
A friend or relative dies, or is killed or missing in action.
A family you rely upon and have great friendship moves to a new duty station.
Your children leave home or enlist.
You leave active duty because of illness, injury or pregnancy.
It’s helpful to know also that disruptions in your routine can increase your stress load and put you over the edge. Even taking a vacation can be stressful! Ever hear about needing a vacation after your vacation? When you make changes in your life to lose weight, stop drinking or smoking, take better care of yourself or get in shape these things although positive, add to your stress level. And we all know that with downsizing, pulling out of Iraq and the changes in the current military, we fear change, job loss and financial problems. Fear alone accounts for a lot of our stress.
HH4Heroes Stress-Buster Tip #6 by Lisa Cypers Kamen
How we relate to any issue is the issue. Anything that disrupts our routines can be stressful. The more intense or shocking the disruption, the more difficult it can become to handle it. Coping with the changes requires that we cultivate our resiliency or the ability to bounce back from an adverse or challenging event. One exercise to help is reframing. Reframing does not mean we by-pass the pain, grief and stress. It means we begin to look at the life lessons of the event. What does the challenge teach me about life? How does it teach me to be a better person? How can I transform PTSD to Post Traumatic Growth (PTG)?
In our next installment we are going to start exploring what you can do to help yourself avoid a blowout.
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