This toolkit from Women Vets on Point offers tips and resources for managing negative emotions or feelings. We’re constantly adding to these pages, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter for updates.
The best way to overcome mental exhaustion is to share your mental burdens in a safe environment such as with a close friend, support groups or private counseling. Women Vets on Point offers Motivational Monday, Wellness Wednesday, Seeking Safety and counseling.
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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.
With the pandemic continuing to grow, feelings of isolation may increase throughout the holiday season, making it tough to cope on a daily basis. Meeting new people, strengthening existing bonds, engaging around hobbies and volunteering are great strategies for combatting isolation.
…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.
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