Suffering in Silence
Often times, as a military member, we are taught and trained to go with the flow and to adapt and overcome. Although in most cases it becomes engrained in our brains to be these efficient and well-oiled machines, it doesn’t mean that we don’t break down sometimes. Even the most dependable, reliable, and state of the art pieces of equipment require preventative maintenance and proper upkeep in order to function to the best of it's ability for the long run, so why should we see ourselves any different?
It’s easy to find yourself in a mindset of “go, go, go,” especially in our line of work and dedicated service. We are sworn to protect and put our necks on the line every day for our nation, our family, our loved ones, our brothers and sisters, and complete strangers we have never met. As service members, we get caught up in the mission and taking care of everyone else first, and before we know it, we are in a burnt out state of being. When, in actuality, if we don’t take care of ourselves, how can we take care of others? If we are not strengthening our own physical, mental and spiritual selves, how can we in turn lead, supervise, and provide our best and keep up with the demands of every day life?
If you are feeling the same way, I encourage you to not suffer in silence. Don’t wait until it builds up to a point of breaking. Take the time to take care of yourself. Learn something new about yourself and break out of some of the methodical practices that can sometimes put us in a vicious cycle. Get out and find other hobbies and activities that bring another sense of joy, happiness, and meaning into your life. Make it something impactful and worthy of your time. Get involved with your community and you will find many others going through the same scenarios as you. Never forget that there is always someone around that does care about you and will always be there to have your back.
From one Warrior to another...
Do not suffer in silence.