Category Archives: Affirmations

Therapy Doesn’t Mean Sick

Therapy Doesn’t Mean Sick

Most veterans think just because they go to therapy they are sick.  Being sick, having a disease, or something wrong – is not what therapy is all about.  Therapy is a process towards a goal or simply a means to an end.  Veterans often don’t get through PTSD alone and many suffer for years before talking to someone about it.  There’s nothing wrong with going to therapy, seeing a therapist or talking about how you feel with your friends.  Your friends and your therapist are there for a reason.  The reason is to help you get better.  Many people think the wrong way about going to a psychotherapist, but then again many people can’t use the self check out at Walmart.  So – who cares what most people think.  Most people wouldn’t have ever jumped out of an airplane or risked their lives for their country so shame on them for belittling you about going to therapy.  People all over the country go to therapy regularly.  There are many skilled therapists out there.  One therapist comes to mind, Mel Schwartz.  Mel Schwartz is a marriage counselor that helps couples keep their relationship strong. He’s regularly helping people with pre-marital counseling, family counseling, individual issues and simple things such as parenting.  He’s been on numerous podcasts, written books and even has a TED talk which I’ll put below in a video.

It’s crazy talk to think that therapy means you’re sick.  It’s even crazier to think that therapy won’t work.  45% of the country has gone to therapy at one point in their lives.  I’ve gone to speech therapy when I was in Elementary school.  Speech therapy helped me beautifully!  Trust me veterans – coming from someone who’s been in the same shoes as you…  Therapy works.  Therapy is the part of the natural process that many vets around the country, young and old have gone through to get over the PTSD.

 

PTSD Doesn’t Stand a Chance

PTSD Doesn’t Stand a Chance

One thing that I tell myself every morning is the PTSD doesn’t stand a chance.  I remember when I was tired, exhausted, freezing and hungry all at the same time during my marine training.  Other people around me were ringing the bell (quitting) but I wasn’t.  I was stronger than that.  My raw mental WILL was made of IRON.  I was focused on one thing – Winning.  In this training winning meant surviving.  Those brutal months in combat training were some of the hardest months that I’ve ever had to endure.  I think that they are harder months than most people have to endure in their whole lifetime.

Remembering the hard parts of training reminds me that PTSD doesn’t stand a chance.  That I can do this.  That even when I have my worst days – I will persevere.

 

People often don’t understand what it’s like to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on a regular basis.

Dealing with PTSD

Many people think that PTSD is just a crutch that veterans use because they don’t want to get back to real life.  But what most people don’t realize is that sometimes we just can’t help it.  Think about all the therapists that make a living talking to people about their problems… when in reality they don’t have REAL problems.  REAL problems are when you’re in a plane and an anti-aircraft missile comes crashing through your hull, your life flashes before your eyes and it’s a dud.

That’s something that therapy doesn’t really help.  So next time you think you’re having a bad day remember that I AM STRONGER THAN MY PTSD!

I AM STRONGER THAN MY PTSD

I AM STRONGER

First thing that you need to do when working with affirmations is realize that they work.  As you read in my about & contact pages they don’t work right away, but instead they work over time.  Affirmations are an amazing psychoanalytical method to use on yourself.  You can use them anytime you want.  I always try to do my affirmations when I’m alone.

Here’s a couple quick tips for making sure your affirmations are effective:

  • Repeat at least 5 times
  • Imagine the end goal as you repeat the affirmation
  • Put some umphh into it
  • Really feel like it will happen
  • Do it everyday

I do my affirmations every morning.  Upon rising I make my way into the bathroom to get a quick sip out of the sink in order to get my voice ready.  I head on over to my office and start my affirmations.  My wife says they sound more like chanting.  I’m really pushing the air out of my lungs when I start my affirmations.

Start today with:

I AM STRONGER THAN MY PTSD

You’ll be amazed how amazing you’ll feel after that amazing moment.  (sorry, but I had to emphasize how extraordinary it is)

 

 

What are Affirmations? (The introduction to B-17)

What exactly are Affirmations?

Affirmations are the key to beating PTSD.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder destroys countless vet’s lives throughout our country every year.  One thing that is often overlooked when dealing with this terrible condition is healing the mind with positive affirmations.

Each post will include an affirmation that will change your life.

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