Dealing With My Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

As many of you might already know, I am a retired military veteran with service spread between two separate branches. I began my military career September 1981 in the US Navy which I was separated from in 1997 during force reductions. Skip ahead to 2008, and I re-enlisted into the Kansas Army Reserve National Guard…

Caregiving? Read This

Caregivers Stress The stress of caregiving induces intense feelings of being overwhelmed, loneliness, isolation and a feeling  of being deserted  by others. The stress may manifest by sleeping too much or too little, gaining or losing weight, chronic exhaustion, losing interest in things that you normally enjoy and getting easily irritated or angered or feeling…

Twelve Ways to Have a Better Holiday

1-Do your version of the Holidays, not your Mom’s or your best friend’s. If people around you go over and above what seems like the realm of sanity, you don’t have to do that. Years ago I quit buying gifts for people if I only see them once a year or don’t know their name….

Keeping Healthy With PTSD

Last week I had the privilege of speaking about my experience with PTSD to the Leavenworth, Kansas Point Man Ministries group which I belong to. Why was it a privilege to speak at Point Man? It was a privilege to me simply because I am still here to discuss PTSD with others who suffer from…

Weight Loss Anxiety

Weight loss anxiety is a real problem for many who are trying to lose weight. It would seem that getting to a healthy weight would make us happy, so why be stressed about it? People get anxious over losing weight largely because they have unreal expectations about how long it should take to get a…

Maintaining Weight When Stressed

Maintaining weight when stressed is a huge problem that everyone who has been over weight has had to deal with. Yours truly is no exception. To give you a snapshot of the stresses I live with, my dearest wife has breast cancer. I have been off from my job for three weeks now as a…

Genetics and Habits in Obesity

photo from pexels-andrea-piacquadio-3768146 Cause or Curse? I first heard the phrase, “Generational Curse” about 20 years ago and had absolutely no idea about what it was supposed to be. Turns out that there were people around me who believed that bad traits passed from one generation to another by some mystical means other than just…

Emotional Eating

To fix a problem, we must first understand the problem. This is a true statement for all that we encounter in life. And one problem that is quite prevalent with those of us who have ever had a weight problem is that of emotional eating. According to the American Psychological Association: Many adults report engaging…

Color My World With Sound

  If you are one of our regular readers, you likely already know I love to get out in the great outdoors and hike. Hiking is great exercise that is as wonderful for improving our mental outlook as it is for conditioning our bodies. Today, I hiked a trail that I hit pretty often on…

Emotions

In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. —Colossians 2:3 NLT We all have emotions, but we must learn to manage them. Emotions can be positive or negative. They can make us feel wonderful or awful. They are a central part of being human, and that is fine. Unfortunately, most people do…