Share November Wellness Corner Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects more people than you might think. Veterans and those who have experienced combat often develop PTSD, but it can also stem from experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event like a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. After a traumatic event, it’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have difficulty sleeping. Daily activities can also become difficult. If these symptoms last longer than a few weeks or months, you may be experiencing PTSD. The specific symptoms that define PTSD are: Reliving the traumatic event. This can occur through nightmares, flashbacks, or triggers. Avoiding things that remind you of the event. Having negative thoughts and feelings (more than before the event). Feeling on edge. Hyperarousal and feeling always alert or on the lookout for danger are signs of PTSD. If you have these symptoms, reach out to your doctor. Therapy can help treat PTSD, and there are specific therapies like trauma-based psychotherapy and cognitive processing therapy that can be beneficial. Medication may also be an option. If you’re struggling, don’t wait. Reach out for help today. Mattress Myths Finding the right mattress can be a daunting task. The options are endless—now more than ever—and there are many factors to consider. However, some of the common tips you’ve heard might not be as helpful as you thought. Take a look at these mattress myths. Myth: Mattress Flipping Although it’s suggested to flip your mattress every few months, most modern mattresses are one-sided. Thus, rotating your mattress is the way to go. Rotating your mattress regularly, as well as trying to sleep in a variety of positions and places on the mattress, helps prevent that dreaded sinkhole effect and minimizes wear and tear. Myth: Box Springs Required Box springs were originally used to add extra support to thin mattresses. Today’s mattresses tend to provide all the support you need on their own. While box springs aren’t necessary, they do help add height to a bed. Myth: Test At the Store The best way to test a mattress is to sleep on it. While stores offer a chance to lie down, you can’t get the full overnight experience. There are also other factors to consider aside from comfort, such as allergies. Today’s mattress buying experience includes a host of online options, which allow you to research, read reviews and compare apples to apples. Most online retailers also offer free shipping and a months-long trial period. Remember, everybody is different, which means no single mattress is right for everyone. Find one that fits your needs and lifestyle. Now that 2021 is coming to a close, it’s a great time to plan a year ahead. But before you rush off to sign a contract with a personal trainer and max out a credit card on top-of-the-line gym equipment, it’s important to know your limits so that these lifestyle changes will stick with you for a lifetime. 1. Don’t cut out too much at once. We all have things we’d like to change about ourselves, but making too many resolutions at once can be a recipe for failure. Focus on smaller changes and work yourself up to major adjustments. 2. Understand the behavior behind your habits. Understanding what makes you slip up in your resolutions can make it even easier to keep up with them. Take some time to figure out your resolution-breaking triggers, and you’ll be less tempted in the long run. 3. Don’t beat yourself up for slipping up on a resolution. It’s probably going to happen – you’re going to backslide. Instead of negative self-talk about it or worse, scrapping the resolution completely, understand that a healthier road is still going to have a few bumps along the way. Instead, learn from the misstep and continue onward! 4. Focus on a healthy balance to keep the resolution going. For example, instead of cutting out fried food completely, limit yourself to one cheat day a week. You’re much more likely to stick to a resolution if it’s not completely restrictive from day one. If you would like additional information on emotional and mental health, you can confidentially contact me at the information below.