Yoga and Addiction Recovery for First Responders
Jul 03 2020

Yoga and Addiction Recovery for First Responders

The mechanics of addiction slowly wear down the connection between an individual’s mind and body. Those in recovery can greatly benefit from strengthening this connection through a healthy yoga practice. Practicing yoga encourages habits of mindfulness, cardiovascular health, and stress reduction. It also leads to positive growth and empowerment, both physically and emotionally. First responders…

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How EMDR Can Help First Responders With Trauma
Aug 03 2020

How EMDR Can Help First Responders With Trauma

The eyes are a window into the soul, as the saying goes. They may also provide crucial assistance for overcoming trauma — something that first responders often see and experience on a daily basis. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a process that uses the physical movement of the eye to work through unprocessed,…

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Reliving Trauma in Social Situations: How First Responders Can Cope
Aug 19 2020

Reliving Trauma in Social Situations: How First Responders Can Cope

First responders enter into life-and-death situations on a daily basis. Between rushing into burning buildings, arriving at traffic collisions, and speaking with those in crisis, the proximity to risk is constant. For many first responders, this is commonplace. Some cope well with their fast-paced and often dangerous work environment. However, when social situations trigger the…

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Just Dance: How Can Movement Therapy Help PTSD?
Aug 23 2020

Just Dance: How Can Movement Therapy Help PTSD?

Therapy is a great place to begin working through trauma — for some. Others have found the benefits of immersing the body in movement therapy upon being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Incorporating the body right off the bat initiates healing between any disconnect with the mind. The interconnectivity of mind and body act…

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How to Handle the Stresses of School Without Using
Sep 19 2020

How to Handle the Stresses of School Without Using

Studying for school or training for a profession can mark an exhausting chapter of little to no rest. Committing to a program of education can be highly demanding — and with an increase in responsibilities comes intensified feelings of stress. First responders experience this in the form of training, while military personnel may be making…

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Can Volunteer Firefighting Trigger Depression?
Sep 05 2020

Can Volunteer Firefighting Trigger Depression?

With a majority of fire departments relying on the assistance of volunteers, the safety of our society hinges upon the support of non-career first responders. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 54% of firefighters are volunteers. While this support is essential, the lack of financial compensation often leaves volunteers without much recourse in the…

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Moments of Clarity in Recovery
Sep 24 2020

Moments of Clarity in Recovery

Choosing a life of recovery entails personal growth, self-reflection, and atonement to relieve the weight of guilt and shame. The path forward can be painful, yet fulfilling. Working towards a sober lifestyle requires sacrifice, but can yield moments of clarity which reaffirm the decision to live free of alcohol and/or substance use. First responders who…

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