SAN DIEGO, July 15, 2016 – Overcoming traumas created by unthinkable national events is difficult for most people. Believing that freedom is being compromised or possibly lost creates a type of national post traumatic stress.
Today, many Americans are distraught due to the horrific, senseless shootings of our fellow citizens. From the East coast to the West, there is an overriding sense of grief.
Political polarities are on the rise with each major party laying blame to each other.
The racial divide is expanding. The racial tensions that many thought were abolished after the Civil War, as demonstrated by the election of America’s first black president, are opening again.
It is shocking that modern-day racial tensions and strife could be such a destructive reality.
Is freedom, the cornerstone of this country, at risk as the home of the free becomes the land of the fearful?
The temporary shock of horrific events is replaced with fear. Many become sensitized into accepting tragic events as a new norm.
But this is not an acceptable outcome. Losing belief in freedom and the security of living without the threat of harm must be overcome not only individuals but as a nation.
It is critical to move away from the aftermath of hatred and violence, and towards recovery and resilience that PsycheCentral describes as:
“…the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress….It means ‘bouncing back’ from difficult experiences.”
Becoming resilient is an individual choice and not only bestowed upon a select few. Resilience may be acquired and practiced. Moving away from painful experiences and ultimately transcending them is very possible.
According to 10 Traits of Emotionally Resilient People published by Psychology Today, “Those who master resilience tend to be skilled in preparing for emotional emergencies….(recognizing) times are tough but know they will get better,”
The U.S. Department of State believes that resilience is entirely possible for those who choose to practice, and the following are some methods they believe are helpful for accomplishing that:
-Maintain a sense of perspective.
-Recognize you have a choice in how you handle challenges.
-Learn how to calm yourself.
-Overcome your fear.
-Let go of your anger.
It might be helpful to be surrounded by those who demonstrate resilience and practice it in their own lives, providing positive role models.
To develop greater coping skills, it could be helpful to receive short-term counseling and support to learn new tools for training the mind to become more resilient.
National tragedy has the positive benefit of brining its citizenry together in unity, resolution and purpose.
It is at times of crisis when individuals seek the collective and ban together in mutual support, strength and survival.
Tragedy reminds us that America’s freedoms are for the greater good, and not simply for an individual or select group.
National resilience is entirely possible to achieve as the individual is willing to give up the “I” in favor of the “we”–coming together in one unified voice.
“Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done, no matter how discouraging, or harrowing;human beings are only limited by: Our own minds…” -Mike Norton
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!