It’s the little goals, it’s taking each day at a time, it is trying different things, it’s finding a way to work with how you feel now.
It is so many things that PTSD can start to become so overwhelming for the person who has been diagnosed as well as family members and loved ones.
The photo above is one of our better days. David is unable to run now due to “stuffed knees” and “stuffed back”. Anyone over the age of 30 no matter what their background can probably relate to this.
Not to be beaten we did the 4klm Mona GASP walk. We set off with hundreds of other people and could not believe the support that we got along the way. Buddy, David’s assistance dog even had a cheer squad at the finish line, a medal for finishing and a food voucher under his collar for later.
Another gentleman we met up with had experienced 2 strokes and was taking it one step at a time. He made me laugh when he said “I don’t stop because I know how much it is going to hurt when I do.” Motivation comes from so many different sources.
What is your motivation?
It is interesting because many people find what motivated and bought them joy before, is not what “floats their boat”, or not even possible now.
I would encourage you to spend some time over the next week with a CAN DO ATTITUDE. This can seem overwhelming, so if that is the case start with a day, start with half a day, start with an hour, start with 5 minutes. You get the picture.
As a business consultant I ask people who are experiencing change and feeling anxiety or resistance to change the way they look at this with a CAN DO ATTITUDE.
What that means is instead of saying:
- I can’t do that
- I have tried that before and it doesn’t work
- I just don’t have the energy
Ask yourself one question:
What do I need to do to make this work?
Sometimes we don’t have the energy or the motivation to do this by ourselves so reach out to friends and family and discuss together, or seek professional support to work through this via a coach or counsellor.
Consider all the options and be as crazy as you like. Once the list is completed look at the different actions and see how achievable they are. You will be surprised at the answers you may come up with.
If nothing else the worst that can happen is you will have a list of real reasons why you may not be able to do this that is less emotive based. The best result is you will have found a way to approach this from a different angle and potentially solve it in ways you never imagined before.
Every day is an opportunity to find a way to live with this illness, but more importantly a chance to beat it for a week, day, half a day, an hour or even 5 minutes for some. Small successes will turn into big successes.
Definition of PTSD today = Potentially Stop The Demons
If you would like support with this please contact us at Startafreshlife and we can discuss real options and potential actions.