Many individuals work in very difficult environments, e.g. law enforcement, corrections, firefighters, medical personnel, first responders, military personnel, and so on. They come across people in their worst, often horrific, moments. Just think about the impact that has on them! Sometimes, they just “suck it up” and go on with their job and their day without thinking/talking about these situations. Due to confidentiality, it makes it impossible to go home and talk to a spouse/family member about what happened during the day, so for some people they just don’t say anything at all. They just stuff it down and try not to think about it. After a while, a person can become “numb” to these situations and it begins to show in other ways. For example, sometimes it can make a person feel down and depressed without even realizing that these situations are taking a toll. For some, it can make them really irritable or easily angered. For others, it can be difficult to feel any emotions, even good ones! For many this can get in the way in their relationships with others, as they may not be able to communicate what is going on for them. For some, a “dark” sense of humor develops in order to cope with the stress! Some people need to drive around for 20-30 minutes after their shift just to be able to decompress a little before going home to be “tolerable” around their family. Some begin to feel anger and resentment while on the job, feeling like no one understands. For others it can create health problems, increased tension at home, and a loss of energy/motivation to do the things they enjoy.
It is important to be a support to individuals in these challenging professions. They are there to help us in times of need, sometimes in extremely dangerous circumstances, and we need to turn around and help them in return! Maybe if they received more of that positive support, they would find enjoyment in their jobs again.
If this sounds like you, or someone you are close to, I can help out! It can be really beneficial to unravel what things are bothering you the most. Together we can discuss other ways to cope with these situations, and to develop a way that works for you to keep from stuffing it down. I have some really good ideas that are easy to use and that actually work! When you come in, we will talk about these situations and how they are impacting you personally. We will find ways to “download” some of that stress in a healthy way, and get you back to doing the things that you enjoy!
Pick up the phone and make an appointment! This is a safe environment to talk about anything!
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