Women Vets on Point is launching a new campaign to help with negative emotions or feelings around the holiday season. Each week will have a focus, but this page is filled with resources that will continue to grow as the weeks progress.
Hopelessness is best combatted with creating the feeling of gratitude and appreciation. Writing in a gratitude journal is a great way to notice the small positive details in life. Even writing a small note on your phone or on scratch paper can help bring good feelings in dreary situations.
Volunteering your time is way for you to meet other people, your community and to create bonds. The feeling of isolation is not always from physically being alone, but can also come from a lack of emotional connection. U.S.VETS has great volunteer opportunities to help you feel more connected
…Lacking in Purpose?
Feeling without purpose can be discouraging. Engaging your mind in activities you like to do such as reading, gardening, biking, or even trying a new hobby can help. Additionally, sharing your story can be a great reminder of all you have accomplished already. Military Women’s Memorial documents the experiences of women veterans and tells their stories of service, sacrifice and achievements to inspire future generations. Learn more and submit your story here.
Focusing on self-care and avoiding things that bring feelings of negativity can help with the feelings of desertion or abandonment. Focus on building a closer relationship with one person you deeply trust. Join or invite them to extra an activity. Reach out and share your authentic self to create a deeper more fulfilling bond.
Worthlessness is a feeling that grows with repeated negative self-talk. It can feed off of rejection, life pacing or comparisons. One way to combat this emotion is to write a kind letter to your future self. Write out your current accomplishments, what you are proud of and things you have recently overcome (no matter how small).
Exhaustion can sneak up at inconvenient times. Try meditating, breathing exercises or even doing yoga to help restore a loss of energy. The University of California at Los Angeles has great breathing exercises that you can utilize during the morning, afternoon or night.
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