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As babies and little children, when we experience pain and trauma, perhaps one of our only protections is to numb ourselves to the painful experience and the feelings that go with it. But as we grow, what was once a protection against death, either physical or psychological, becomes a defense…not only against something in the outer world that will be painful or traumatic, but also – maybe even moreso – against those painful feelings from before being evoked and awakened again. — Judith Barr, MS, LPC

Is it your goal to have a happy and satisfying life? Do you want to become the best wonderful version of yourself? Are you interested in spending better days with the ones you love? If you answered yes to all these questions, then be sure to read this article from start to bottom. For today’s post, we are going to provide you with some tips and tricks on how you can enjoy life as a veteran.

Our primary goal is to encourage every veteran out there to live the most out of your life. Now that you are no longer under the military service, you have to see to it that you will continue to reward yourself. Take note that everything you do today can have a significant impact on how your life will become. As such, you must prioritize your own happiness above anything else. Here are things to remember:  

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It’s not just about the hours you’re getting—it’s about how consistent those hours are. — Jade Wu Ph.D.

Get Enough Sleep

Make sure that you will not abuse your body by seeing to it that you will sleep on time. Remind yourself that now is the right time to get the rest that you deserve. As much as possible, follow a strict bedtime schedule so that you will not end up staying up late at night. 

Go Out With Friends

Did you miss important events or occasions when you were deployed in several places before? Do you want to make up for the lost times with your loved ones or family members? Fortunately, you can still get an opportunity to do it now. All you have to do is to make time with them. Find a way to meet them whenever you can. 

With the growing need for effective mental health services, many veterans are turning to alternative forms of “green” treatment in outdoor settings. Since camaraderie, physical challenge, and personal growth are characteristics of both military service and of many of the ecotherapeutic programs cropping up around the United States, it makes this an ideal treatment form for veterans struggling with posttraumatic stress. — Abbie Hausermann, MSW, LICSW

Exercise Regularly

Just because you are no longer in the military does not mean that you can already take your body for granted. You must stop making excuses for not going to the gym or doing physical activities. The right thing to do is to exercise at least three times a week. If you find exercising difficult, do not fret because a simple morning job can already satisfy this requirement.

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Read A Book

Do you have more spare time these days? If yes, consider yourself lucky because you can now start reading a book. All that you must do is to select the title of the book that you like. Take note that reading a book will be good for yourself as it will allow you to use your imagination. At the same time, it can also be an excellent way of allowing yourself to learn more. If you love stories, it is best to read novels. If you want something real, you can go for non-fiction books.

Being a veteran does not mean that you have to live a boring life. What is essential I that you know how to make the best out of the current situation that you have. Improve the way you live your life now, and everything great will follow. 

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