If you have been around for long you know that I am pretty passionate about spreading the truth about heart disease.
The world is dying of an epidemic of heart failure and it just isn’t necessary!
Yet, I can’t seem to make the time to get more blog posts written and get all my programs offered in an easy online format so that it is available for the masses of people suffering and those that soon will be. What is wrong with me?
That’s a good question. I use to wonder that myself.
I have been plagued all my life with depression symptoms, but I learned a long time ago that depression meds made me paranoid so I made sure to use those symptoms as a red flag to get my butt busy and be more active. To choose better foods when I shop so that my home only has wholesome food choices. That’s what works for me.
Depression is not overwhelming to me.
I know that I can take the steps I need to take to face it and let it guide me to the next chapter of my life, or to heal a relationship that needs attention.
Depression can show me old emotion I suppressed until time could heal enough for me to allow my feelings.
Symptoms of depression make me hold myself accountable for what I’m eating and how inactive my life has become.
I consider early symptoms of depression to be my yellow flag and I don’t wait for the red flags to start showing up, I take action!
Once you’ve lived through clinical depression and come out the other side, you don’t want to go back.
A couple of years ago I started to notice that my depression symptoms were often triggered.
Sometimes the trigger for my depression symptoms didn’t make sense to me. I would argue with myself.
“What’s the big deal?” But the depression symptoms still came. I couldn’t argue with the trigger.
One day a car accident happened directly in front of me. I got out and helped until the paramedics arrived.
It wasn’t a fatal accident but there were some significant injuries.
As I walked back to my car after telling the paramedic what I’d observed on the scene, I noticed that my hands and feet were numb.
It made me curious, so I began doing some research. I’m glad I did!
How can you have PTSD and not know it?
Good question! I found out that many people have the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress and don’t recognize them.
Like many people, I thought PTSD was for soldiers who had been in battle.
Emergency response work is often like a war zone, but it becomes routine and you know that your co-workers are dealing with the same stresses, so you blow it off.
Do you know the symptoms of PTSD?
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Letting self care fall away
- Avoiding activities you once enjoyed
- Hopelessness about the future
- Memory problems
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty maintaining close relationships
- Irritability or anger
- Overwhelming guilt or shame
- Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much
- Trouble sleeping
- Being easily startled or frightened
- Hearing or seeing things that aren’t there
Does PTSD make you think of a homeless vet on the streets talking to himself?
How about someone who has just stopped socializing and appears to have “let themselves go”?
It’s easy to develop a negative opinion of someone who seems like they don’t have their act together.
Do you ever beat yourself up for not doing what you think you should be doing?
You don’t need a PTSD diagnosis OR a depression diagnosis to give yourself a break and neither do I.
Post Traumatic Stress is only a disorder if you let it derail your life!
Yes, it’s a response in my nervous system, but I can recognize it and when I see that my self care is falling away, I can reach out to friends and I can take the steps I know I need to take.
Sacred Breathing is not just something I teach as the “Life Breath Coach”, it’s something that guides my life.
I notice my symptoms of PTSD and depression right away because I am consistently breathing into Now.
If I didn’t then I would be as vulnerable as the next person to an epidemic of heart failure!
Depression and Post Traumatic Stress cause you to be inactive and to harm yourself with toxic thoughts. They are likely to cause you to medicate pain and eat comfort food. All these issues add to the quickly growing threat of heart disease!
Depression and PTSD are a pretty quick recipe for disaster!
The Life Breath Club is a life line of connection to people who know the value of Sacred Breathing.
No matter what causes you to let your self care fall away, breathe into now and know that you are worth taking care of!
The private discussion that happens in our Membership area is the connection to heal your heart.
There are live weekly calls! Come and share what inspires you! Teaching you that heart failure is not insurmountable and you can heal from anything is what inspires me to overcome PTSD!
So, join the club and then come on back and enjoy the video below.
We’re not broken just bent and we can learn to love ourselves again.
Truly loving yourself means that you can truly love others.
Life is a beautiful gift. I’m so please that I can share it with people I love.
I hope your day is a little brighter because you can see Hope a little more clearly.
Carrie Tucker, RCP
The Life Breath Coach
Heart Failure Solutions.com
PS– Remember everyday:
- Relax and Release tension
- Exhale Slowly
- Be active in a way that adds Joy to your life
Plus pure water ~whole foods~sunshine~and laughter