Do you feel that your time in the military has left you with a number of mental scars? After all the devastation you’ve seen and all the trauma you’ve experienced in the past, it’s okay to admit that you’ve not started life as a veteran in the best headspace.
This doesn’t mean that you should allow your demons to ruin your life going forward, though. If you let them, your mental scars will quite happily take up residence in your mind for life. If you take an active approach to combat them, however, you’ll stand a chance of overcoming them for good. As a result of battling your demons in this sense, you’ll be able to tend to your mental wellbeing and subsequently enjoy a happy, productive, and fulfilling second stage of life.
To find two things you should be doing to look after your mental health as an ex-service member, be sure to read on.
Understand the unique problems that you face
People from all walks of life, civilians and ex-military personnel alike, carry their own mental scars around with them on a daily basis. As an ex-service member, however, the unique problems that you face will be different to the ones that the general public face. If you’re to truly get to grips with your demons and subsequently stand a chance of beating them, you have to understand these unique problems and the trouble that they have the potential to cause.
If you were on the front line during your time in the military, PTSD is just one unique mental health issue that you will be liable to face as a military veteran. This can be brought about by killing, seeing friends be killed, facing the threat of death on a daily basis, having your core values being undermined by the military work that you were asked to perform, and suffering traumatic injuries.
Accept help as and when it is offered to you
No matter what unique problems you face in your life as a military veteran, you need to accept help with regards to combatting them. Letting your pride get in the way of accepting support will result in you stretching yourself too thin, which in turn will stop you from taking the time you need to tend to your mental wellbeing.
The help that you accept can come in a number of different shapes and sizes. It can come from a neighbor who offers to cook you meals, it can come from a family member who provides you with short-term financial assistance, or it can come from a consulting firm that aids you in appealing for VA disability claims. The point is, no matter what help you are afforded, be sure to accept it as and when it is made available to you.
Do you want your second stage of life to be just as fulfilling as the first? If so, you need to take the above advice and tackle whatever mental health problems your time in the military has left you to face.