- Therapy: I’ve spent countless hours in therapy, processing through my experiences that morphed me. I started journaling to help remember the ups and downs and remember how far I’ve come. I’ve been through private practice therapy, VA counseling, and am currently utilizing the Vet Center. All to say, find a therapist that you like; there’s no shame in trying a few out.
- Gratitude: I changed my perspective: I started reflecting on what was right with my life instead of how it wasn’t as I imagined. Sit down in a quiet place and write out everything that is good in your life.
- Solitude: I’ve spent more time in nature, forcing me to be with my own thoughts.
- Avoidance: I quit numbing myself to the world with social media, work, and sex. Not to say these things are unhealthy but using them as band-aids for your past traumas definitely are.
- Companion: I got a dog who I’ve poured my heart and soul into. He was the single best investment I’ve made in my life.
- Admission that I can’t do it alone: I asked for help and allowed others to help me. It helped me to believe that I am worthy of help in life.
- Human: I believed that I’m not broken, merely human, and I didn’t need to be fixed.
Life is a gift.
Tyler J. Britton served active duty Air Force 8.5 years. 3 tours to Afghanistan as part of a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) as a respiratory therapist. Separated honorably as a Tech Sergeant. Flew 90+ missions and over 150 critically injured soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, coalition troops, local nationals, detainees – you name it.
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