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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Frnka

30 Days of Prayer for PTSD - Day 11

We are going to continue to take a closer look at how to troubleshoot PTSD today, as we continue to consider how we troubleshoot a piece of equipment. For the most part when we replace a broken part or a part that is misfiring it fixes the problem. Yet, sometimes it can make the problem worse or only temporarily band aid the issues. Neither of these situations are good, especially when you consider the work that some machines are responsible for – monitoring the heart of a patient, helping with the respiration of a newborn baby, ensuring that a tank crew is able to communicate, and has the ability to defend themselves when it is necessary. Any number of things can happen when machines misfire, a band-aid applied to a minor issue while a major issue goes unaddressed. Many times this occurs because technicians are rushed to get the job done and do it with the least amount of money possible; rather than, doing the job right not counting the cost.

Similarly, we tend to do this in our own lives, dismissing significant issues that not only impact us, but the lives of those around us. We justify our actions as not being that bad or say that we don’t need help because we can stop or quit anytime. When we do seek help we justify going on an infrequent basis or stopping therapy because we don’t have time or the cost is too great. While all of these things can definitely be true, when we cut corners and justify our actions for the sake of time and money. We short-change ourselves and those around us, never truly functioning at our highest level, but just enough to get by. While we may never directly cause a heart to stop beating or a baby to stop breathing we can sometimes do and say things that bring heartbreak and chaos.

When we seek help and work to heal from our own past sufferings we are letting God know that we are unwilling to cut corners and want to only live the life that He has called us to. We are letting Him know that we are ready to walk with Him no matter what the journey might look like, trusting that He will provide all that we need.

Life with PTSD is definitely not as easy as trouble shooting a machine, it’s not as easy as when x happens do y and z, but there are some simple things that you can put into place to enjoy a life filled with more joy and peace:

  1. Note the days or time of year that are historically harder for you than others. Consider planning in advance and take a day or two off work during that time. Consider scheduling an additional appointment with your counselor during those times.

  2. Find a hobby that helps you fall into a rhythm and brings you great joy.

  3. Listen to a few stories on ABOUTFACE to learn more about how others manage their day.

  4. Let your PTSD partner know that you could use some extra help.

  5. Bow your head and thank God for everything.

Then head into your day knowing that you are deeply loved! Ya’ll have a beautiful day!


All My Love,


Jen

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