PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is typically thought of if someone has been through a catastrophic event or been in a war zone or experienced some form of trauma. What we now know is that other situations such as growing up in a dysfunctional family can produce the symptoms of PTSD. In addition the 24/7 news cycle brings many of these experiences into our homes through various media platforms that have an effect on us even if we are not totally aware of it..
Modern Life and PTSD
Current world events as well as stressful lifestyles and world/weather events easily create feelings of overwhelm, anger, frustration, and conflict. It becomes easy to blame others or to feel like a victim. Allowing these mental or emotional states to take hold really does nothing for us. At best they can propel us toward some action that may be helpful but for most people it perpetuates an energy state that creates inner turmoil, stress and mental, emotional and physical weakness. we need to become the master of our own mind or it will have negative effects on our health, relationships and lives.
Mind Power Alleviates Symptoms of PTSD
Our minds are always an issue regarding stress. The brain has a bias toward thinking negatively so even our hard-wiring predisposes us to stress! That being the case we must take charge of ourselves and engage in practices that help shift this in a direction that serves us.
At first glance it can seem uncaring to leave our negative mind states and communications to focus on working to shift to higher states of consciousness when so many are suffering so much. But we may ask, how does it serve another to feel as downtrodden, sad, or grief stricken as they do’? We can only help others if we work at keeping ourselves strong and healthy. It is then we can help to raise them in whatever way is appropriate or possible.
So while we need to do what we can in terms of donations of time, money or service to those in need, we also need to be aware of our mental and emotional states. It is easy to become caught in emotional loops and fool yourself into thinking it is the same as or part of participating, caring or helping.
It can also be difficult to shift to a higher state of consciousness/higher vibration with personal stress of high magnitude. We all know how difficult it can be to shift out of overwhelming emotional states. It really requires having a multifaceted approach to stress management. Of course if we have an ongoing lifestyle that includes this multifaceted approach, it can be easier, but generally we need to upgrade our tactics when faced with large stressful events or life stages.
A comprehensive approach to stress is one that includes:
Personal Environment (inner psychological development)
Spirituality (active involvement in something that supports you/your soul growth)
Support from others
Being in the Now
Each of the above areas contributes in its own way to being able to live more in the present moment through becoming aware of our troublesome thoughts and emotions, clearing them, achieving more neutrality and thus being freer to cultivate higher level states of BE-ing. Centering within yourself helps to build strong energy that fosters clear thinking and honest emotion. In is only from your “nowness” you can truly be of help to others.