Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Week 4

Lets talk about feelings,emotions and moods...yes feelings, emotions and moods! Which for most guys isn't something they're comfortable with but throw in PTSD and you've got the blank, deer caught in the headlights look, well at least I do.
This week's lesson dealt with understanding feelings, moods and emotions. And separating the 3 and how to learn how each of the 3 effect you daily. This lesson encourages the Vet to write down daily how they're feeling and tracking their feelings.

It also has the Vet sit quietly and just take in a few mins to become aware of their surroundings and to recognized the feelings that they are feeling all the times. From happiness to sadness..which of course according to the husband made him feel like a dork..simply because it forced him to sit down and focus on the feelings he pushes aside.

The biggest push with this lesson is the accept your feelings, to understand that its ok to have the feelings you have and to respond to your feelings, emotions and mood in a healthy way. And that you can't get rid of the feelings but you can learn to handle them and own your emotions.

This lesson gave some great techniques for handling stressful feelings, from just sitting quietly and focusing on everything around you and becoming aware of your emotions, the controlled breathing technique, a simple mediation that once again the husband said made him feel like a dork but he was willing to try it. 

All in all this lesson was I think one the best he's made him focus more on the emotions and feelings he has daily and to understand that they are his feelings and its normal to feel this way but to use the techniques to help when he's having a rough patch.

There is nothing wrong with asking for help..there is nothing wrong to accept that sometimes you can't handle everything by yourself and asking for help doesn't make you weak. It actually makes you a stronger better person.

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