GOOD ADVICE FOR HEALING

You play the most important role in your recovery of traumatic brain injury or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you want to recover, you are going to have to make an effort to take care of yourself. However, with a little effort, you’ll see positive results.

Take care of your basic needs. Get plenty of rest. Don’t try to tough it out. Instead, make sure you’re getting to bed on time and making time for activities that replenish your spirit. Eat well. Make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need each day to heal. Remember, your body needs proper nutrition to repair itself.

Follow your treatment plan. You’re working with professionals who are giving you their best advice to get the optimum healing possible. Listen to what they are saying. They aren’t just talking to hear themselves – they have something worthwhile to say to you.

Don’t overdo. Know what your limitations are and don’t push past them. While it’s ok to push yourself on occasion, you don’t need to do it when you’re still in the healing mode. You can actually undo the good work that you’ve accomplished by pushing yourself too hard.

Ask for help when you need it. You don’t have to be Superman! Be gentle with yourself. Healing will come if you let it.

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POSITIVE OUTCOMES FROM SERVING IN THE MILITARY

Those who have served in the military often take with them skills that they have learned that make them excellent employees. I’ve always said, “If you want to force someone to grow up, let them serve time in the military.”

When you visit http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/communityproviders/index.asp. you will find a list of the positive outcomes of military service. In addition to physical training, academic and skills training, serving in the military teaches a strong sense of values. Indeed, each of the veterans I’ve worked with have shown great courage, fortitude, aptitude and honor. That’s something they don’t teach in school anymore, so it’s wonderful that it can still be taught in the military. Some of the other skills include:

• A sense of responsibility
• Sound and timely decision making
• Follow through on accomplishing tasks
• Dependability
• Discipline
• Maturity
• Resiliency
• Adaptation to whatever situation arises
• Coping with stress
• Pride
• Cultivating friendships
• Teamwork

That’s a pretty impressive list! Hiring a veteran means taking on an employee who knows how to work. He or she may not yet understand the job, but they know what it means to get the job done.