"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls" Pablo Picasso
This month, December 2015, is full of articles on art. You'll find articles on Art Therapy, the creative process in writing a song, hanging your artwork, and tips to starting your own art collection. Jayna Mistry has an article entitled: The World Needs More Artists. We agree. More and more schools are shutting down art programs, at the expense of all our communities. Check out the article on page 55 about a wonderful company called Trades of Hope, helping to empower women out of poverty.
Of course your'll some of the latest fashion trends and the trends in coats.
Be sure to check out our featured wellness article on page 17 on Art Therapy. Adult coloring books are all the rage, we have had a hard time keeping them on our shelves in our store. Art therapy is being utilized to help children with traumatic brain injuries or for PTSD. It is a form of yoga for the brain. Coloring encourages imagination which is great for children, but it is also good for adults. Imagination is the stuff dreams are made of and helps light a fire to our passion.
Veteran's Day is a day set aside to honor all Vets of all wars, while Memorial Day is a day to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. Many Vets come home from military service with conditions that don't go away including PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder.
We honor all of our Vets, we so appreciate the sacrifice they and their families make.
November 11th, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set up as a United States legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. An Act approved on May 13, 1938 made the 11th of November a day dedicated to the cause of world peace and to honor the veterans of WWI. The Act was amended in 1954 and Armistice Day was changed to Veteran's Day to honor all American Veterans of all wars.
Check out our special program dedicated to Veterans.
At one point, Veteran's Day was celebrated with the weekend so that you had a 3 day weekend. However, President Gerald Ford declared, this was a holiday set up in honor of the end of WWI at 11:00 am, on the 11th day, of the 11th month. And so he changed the federal holiday back to be celebrated in honor of that.
Vets suffer many conditions in silence. Their families feel the effects. Many Vets have a difficult time integrating back into society and into their families.
Major issues Vets face.
Over half the Vets that continue to visit their doctor are suffering from continuing pain in their backs, knees, necks, or shoulders. Many report chronic muscle pain.
Hearing loos and impairment
Ringing in the ears
Vibration exposure can cause lower back pan or numbness in the extremities.
Traumatic Brain Injury, more severe than a concussion. It can lead to brain dysfunction, shorter attention spans, language disabilities, and can lead to PTSD and depression.
Adrenal fatigue, which often goes undiagnosed.
Treatments are available.
The American Heart Association found that exposure to chemicals can trigger convulsions and death on the battlefield, also cause long-term heart damage.
As a rule, vets suffer disproportionately from certain infections that civilians almost never experience. Some of these conditions cause abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, headaches, muscle pain, weakness, anemia.
Treatments: most of these infectious diseases can only be treated for the symptoms. VA facilities do not cover alternative treatment options. And there are many alternative practitioners with the skills to treat infectious diseases.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), occurs as a result of military trauma but also develops from physical illnesses that vets face as the years pass. Many practitioners wish to take the disorder part of the name off and et rid of that label. All it is is, Post traumatic stress and there are many tools to help relieve the symptoms. It is treatable. This condition needs to be treated in the whole family - not just the vet. It is treatable.
Invasive thoughts, reminders of the trauma, flashbacks, nightmares.
They may avoid things that remind them of the traumatic event - including people.
Negative changes in thoughts and moods.
Those suffering are on guard all the time, they are jumpy and emotional reactive.
PTSD or depression seriously impairs the daily life for about 1/3 of Vets.
RECOVERY TOOLS AND TIPS
Medicine has come a long way. But there are many alternative practitioners that a whole range of tools to help ALL the general symptoms Vets deal with. SADLY….. The VA doesn't normally pay
for this. But it is worth it to look at alternative treatments. Do some research and try some different modalities. Alternative treatments are becoming more normal for most people. The Department of Defense and the VA are increasingly embracing a wider range of complementary and alternative medicine techniques, such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, Tai Chi, biofeedback, massage, hypnosis guided imagery and relaxation therapy.
Keys to good health. Anything you can do to improve your health will reduce dependence on drugs and support the body and the mind to heal.
It is important to continue drinking a good amount of water. Many complaints of pain can be attributed to dehydration.
Food - eat a healthy, balanced diet. Keeping your blood sugar balanced helps you to deal with situations much easier. Eating a diet rich in fruits and veggies provides necessary anti-oxidants to help reduce stress in the body. Eat good protein sources helps to build and repair the body. Without good food, any injuries sustained have a harder time to heal and can result in permanent damage.
Healing the gut with nourishing foods and herbs like Slippery Elm or the amino acid L-Glutamine help the body recovery from adrenal fatigue by repairing the gut. Most serotonin is produced in the gut. Getting the gut balanced can help with depression, anxiety and even extreme PTSD symptoms.
Limit processed foods and processed sugars. They can exacerbate mood swings and energy fluctuations.
Avoid caffeine - as it can make adrenal fatigue worse and lower your energy rather than increase your energy.
Exercise helps diffuse stress in the body and can help with PTSD. It helps to burn off adrenaline and releases endorphins that make you feel better mentally and physically.
Yoga - has so many benefits for MOST of the conditions Vets face. The practice of yoga helps relieve pain, stretches the body and brings comfort physically and mentally.
Specific yoga practices can help with sleep issues.
Check out Yoga Warriors - a program approved by the National Association of social workers to help. Their mission is to help deal with PTSD or any combat related stress or reintegration stress. It also helps with releasing emotional issues and help relax the body.
Meditation calms the nervous system, can help with sleep, may be very helpful for PTSD.
There are many practitioners that teach meditation and yoga specifically tailored to Vets, especially those dealing with PTSD.
Acupuncture is growing in popularity. The Military Stress Recovery Project has 25 clinics that provide free acupuncture to veterans in the US. Research is showing that acupuncture improves a lot - including reduced pain, stress, anxiety, depression and improved sleep.
Environment - Create a peaceful spot to relax and meditate. Create a space that is safe.
Music therapy promotes physical, mental and emotional recovery for veterans. And even helps with Traumatic brain injury.
BioMat - increases circulation, helps the body to heal from Adrenal fatigue, and many other complaints, reduces inflammation and helps with pain.
To get your own BioMat - the company is offering $100 off the professional price with proof of military service.
Get outdoors and do something physical. Do something challenging like whitewater rafting - it challenges your sense of vulnerability and helps your nervous system become unstuck and may help transition back to civilian life.
Rest - when you rest is when your restore. If you have sleep challenges then find one of these techniques to help. Sleeping pills may prevent you from getting into Stage 4 REM sleep - which is where you process the drama and trauma. The trauma in your life may prevent you from getting to REM sleep as well, which is why it is vital to process the trauma.
Avoid alcohol and drugs - substance abuse makes symptoms worse.
Own your power and take responsibility for your health.
The LifeLine Technique is one of the most powerful tools to help. We have helped many vets, who then report they are able to sleep and not be so reactive in nature.
The LifeLine technique helps you to understand the true meaning of symptoms, stress, and disease - they represent unprocessed emotionally charge memories - some of them may be buried in the subconscious mind. This dynamic and practical system bridges ancient healing arts with modern ways of processing and healing.
The LifeLIne is a tool to shift - helping you to get in touch with your heart and create optimal health.
The beauty of the lifeline - it is not a therapy session where you have to relive traumatic events over and over. It is content free, meaning you don't need to "talk" about painful experiences. As guided by your subsconcsous mind, you will focus on different emotional concepts as we process.
Coming in 2016 is a brand new eLearning course that can help you learn some of the basics of the LifeLine - valuable for family members dealing with someone with PTSD. A great tool to help yourself and other family members.
EVOX - is a powerful tool to help PTSD and other traumatic experiences. It is described as a very gentle and yet very therapeutic took - similar to EMDR, which has been used for the treatment of trauma. EVOX facilitates perception reframing - the way you feel and think about something. With EVOX it is possible to quickly and painlessly shift, or reframe perception at a conscious and subconscious level. Perception reframing allows for a more mature or functional reality and is used to improve any aspect of human performance.
In addition to therapies, there are many homeopathic, flower essences, herbal remedies and essential oils which can assist with symptoms whether physical or mental.
What Can We Do to Help?
Do not set off fireworks at home, especially if you know you have a neighbor that is a Vet.
Do no judge.
Be kind and respectful.
Donate your frequent flyer miles so Vets and their families can travel to see each other or seek medical treament.
Say thank you.
Help get homeless Vets off the street.
Mission Possible: World Peace Through Creating Inner Peace
World peace begins with each of us. The Dalai Lami as said, "World peace can only be attained through inner peace."
Inner peace comes as a result of personal responsibility, letting go, and processing emotions. We to be accepting and loving.
Researchers have been studying the effects of meditation and its affects on the human body, but also the effects on our communities.
Research is clear, the heart-based emotions of the world's population seems to be influencing the magnetic fields of the earth! The relationship is clear: A change in the way we feel about ourselves and our world has the potential to affect the world itself. If the change is a positive one then the effect of the emotions that result should be positive, as well.
Such a positive change is known to create coherence between the heart and the brain and it appears that the effect extends into the fields that support life on our planet. The HeartMath researcher say, "Regulating emotions is the next frontier in human evolution."
The numbers it takes to effect a change is relatively small, in a community of 10,000; all it takes is 10 people experiencing coherence through mediation to effect the population.