Veterans Pandemic Stress Management Tips
Veteran VA Resources
• Veteran and Military PTSD Addiction Rehab Treatment Resources
• Veteran and Military PTSD COVID-19 Pandemic Assistance Resources
• Military PTSD Addiction Recovery Center
• Mental Toughness Tips • The Power of Mindfulness • 4 Ways to Create Mindfulness
• How to Remain Hopeful Tips • Short Video and Exercise to Increase Hopefulness
• Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain • Be Alert to Signs of Distress
• VA: COVID-19 Pandemic Tips for Reducing Stress • Get Immediate Help in a Crisis
Pandemic Mental Toughness and Resilience
There are things that can be done to change personal experience of the coronavirus pandemic. While fear, stress and panic are the first reactions to new, dangerous and stressful situations – they are not the only possible reactions.
Psychological resilience is the process of coping with situations involving adversity or stress. It has been defined as the ability to “bounce back” from negative events without falling into despair. And it is possible to develop and strengthen resilience and emotional stability.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Mental Toughness Tips
The brain is the strongest muscle in the body.
Navy SEALS, Olympic athletes and others use mental techniques, visualization and mindfulness to stay positive and achieve goals.
- Talk Positively To Yourself: Remember the 3 P’s:
Bad things are Not Permanent, Not Pervasive and Not Personal.
- Set Goals: Know what you want to achieve. Write it down. It could be as simple as eating less junk food snacks. Focus on progress.
- Practice Visualization: Do not just fantasize about getting what you want: See yourself overcoming specific obstacles.
- Create a Mental Trigger: This visualization must be strong. And it can be aspirational – such as thinking that nothing is going to stop the reaching of your goal.
- If You Notice Hopeless or Despair Setting In. . . Pull that trigger!
The Power of Mindfulness
Mindfulness helps individuals to be present in the current moment.
Video: 3:36 minutes
4 Ways to Create Mindfulness
Beginning to worry in stressful situations is common for most individuals. Without realizing it, we can drift off into a quicksand of thoughts, memories and worst case scenarios.
Mindfulness brings us back into the current moment. Mindful awareness takes us away from over-thinking and building scenarios of doom.
How to Remain Hopeful Tips
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has the potential to increase stress and anxiety for those with PTSD.
- Consider the stressful situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective.
- Look for opportunities to practice being more patient or kind with yourself, or to see the situation as an opportunity to learn or build strengths.
- Celebrate successes, find things to be grateful about, and take satisfaction in completing tasks, even small ones.
- Give yourself small breaks from the stress of the situation by doing something you enjoy.
- Draw upon your spirituality, those who inspire you, or your personal beliefs and values.
- Also see East Bay Addiction Rehab COVID-19 Mindfulness Stress Relief
Video: 1:35 minutes
Short Exercise to Increase Hopefulness
Gustavo Perez, PhD, University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and suggests an easy exercise to help with anxiety.
The 3 x 3 Gratitude Exercise
Spend 3 minutes per day being grateful for 3 things.
This short exercise has been proven to help people feel less anxious and more hopeful.
Step 1 – Take 3 Conscious Breaths
Step 2 – Think of 3 Things for which to be Grateful
Step 3 – Take 3 Conscious Breaths
Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain
From The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley
How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain
1. Gratitude unshackles us from toxic emotions
2. Gratitude helps even if you don’t share it
3. Gratitude’s benefits take time
4. Gratitude has lasting effects on the brain
Photo Credit: www.shutterstock.com/g/Roman+Samborskyi
Be Alert for These Common Signs of Distress
CDC, Self Care
- Feelings of feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
- Changes in appetite, energy, and activity levels
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
- Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
If you experience these feelings or behaviors for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them, seek professional help.
Video: 2:33 minutes
VA: Tips for Reducing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Many experience increased stress during this pandemic.
Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions.
• Stay Connected
• Cultivate Calmness
• Improve Sense of Control
• Remain Hopeful
Also see Managing Stress and Anxiety from the CDC Centers for Disease Control
Get Immediate Help in a Crisis
- Call 911
- Disaster Distress Helpline: CALL or TEXT 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish).
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English, 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish, or Lifeline Crisis Chat.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
- National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4AChild (1-800-422-4453) or text 1-800-422-4453
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or Online Chat
- The Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116 TTY Instructions
- Veterans Crisis Line – The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders.
Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text to 838255, or chat online to receive confidential crisis intervention and support, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- VA Suicide Prevention Page – This website provides information on suicide risk and prevention and links to VA and external sources of support for Veterans and their families in need of mental health support. Download the household safety risks brochure for more information on the safe storage of firearms and medication in your home.
Veteran and Military PTSD Addiction Rehab Treatment Resources
How to Sign Up for VA Services | VA Community Care Provider
VA Community Care Process | N California VA Medical Centers
VA PTSD Resources | N California VA Services
Women Veteran Resources N California | What are PTSD Symptoms?
Veteran PTSD Dual Diagnosis Treatment | How I Knew I Had PTSD
N California Veteran Dual Diagnosis PTSD and Addiction Treatment
Veteran and Military PTSD COVID-19 Pandemic Assistance Resources
- VA National Center for PTSD: Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak
- VA: How To Manage Stress and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- VA: Coronavirus Resources
- VA Coronavirus FAQs: What Veterans Need to Know
- VA Mental Health Index: Are You a Veteran Looking for Support?
- VA Resources: Annie text message program guides Veterans during COVID-19 pandemic
- VA Resources: Connected Care VA: Annie Text Message Program Protocol
- VA Mobile Apps: Mental Health
- MilitaryOneSource.mil – Comprehensive FAQs Page
- MilitaryOneSource.mil – Top 10 Ways to Practice Resilience Skills During Challenging Times
- Coronavirus: DOD Response
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