Commentary by Theresa Martinez
Army Substance Abuse Program
Being resilient means being able to bounce back in the face of adversity. Sounds simple enough, but how do we do that in a time when resources are limited and sometimes, we get to the brink?
Applying new things to our everyday life is the reason we had our Ready and Resilient Health Fair on Oct. 27. We wanted people to get out of a rut and try a massage, or Reiki, do Zumba or just sit down and color.
These vendors brought a few ideas but, there are so many others. Bird watching, music, education, travel, reading, skiing, zip lining, learning languages, biking, singing, hiking, praying, etc., you get the idea. If insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results, that means we need to do something different.
Start out small, develop a habit and see what happens.
I really want to do the Bataan Memorial Death March next year March 19, 2017. I won’t do it sitting down at my computer, so I need to get out and train. I may sacrifice a few hours of sleep and comfort, but in the end I know it will be worth the effort.
All of us deal with stress differently. My husband likes to go for motorcycle rides and kick back and watch football. I like to paint and write. Sometimes, we meet each other half way and get out of our comfort zones. This past weekend we climbed Cristo Rey in silence and listened to what our higher power was telling us. Mine told me only good thoughts come from God and anything else, I can get rid of. I left a lot of junk on that mountain. Things like pride, laziness, people pleasing and fear.
To me, being resilient, provides me with the strength I need when I feel weak. That means knowing when to ask for help if I’m not feeling right.
I also believe that suicide prevention is depression treatment. Depression treatment also comes in many forms, medication, talk therapy, sleep studies, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, alpha stimulation, exercise, nutrition, spiritual retreats, yoga, meditation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, hypnosis, acupuncture, nature therapy, to name a few.
I am so grateful to the many vendors that donated their time to help us feel strong. Sometimes the best feelings come when we help others. I really enjoy teaching substance abuse prevention classes. When people thank me, little do they know that I get more out of it than I give. I know that I can’t keep what I have unless I give it away.
So, let’s go WSMR…try something different…then give it away!