“If your teeth are clenched and fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched.”
Helping frontline service providers “unclench” to enjoy life.
Taking time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures is one way to restore balance. Reducing the stressors and increasing your ability to cope is another. With some effort and assistance, a better life is attainable…and the rewards are undeniable. Equine-assisted programs have existed for several years and have shown to be highly successful in helping frontline service providers deal with these specific issues.
April 28, 2015 | Hardcover
An unflinching portrayal how one idealistic young RCMP officer battled her way through job-induced trauma, anger and disillusionment by turning to horses and how her path to healing helped her reach out to other first responders.
Indigo Books & Music
Every day, first responders put their own lives on the line to ensure our safety. The least we can do is make sure they have the tools to protect and serve their communities.
First responders will be on the frontlines if there is a terrorist attack in our communities, and we must provide them with the tools they need to do their difficult jobs.
“There’s nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.”
A good rider can hear his horse speak to him, a great rider can hear his horse whisper, but a bad rider won’t hear his horse even if it screams at him.
A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.
Give me food and drink; and care for me. And when the day’s work is done, shelter me. Give me a clean bed and leave me not too small a place in the stable. Talk to me, for your voice often takes the place of reins. Be good to me and I shall serve you more gladly and love you.
“Horse sense is the thing a horse has, which keeps it from betting on people.”
I have seen things so beautiful, that they have brought tears to my eyes. Yet, none of them can match the gracefulness and beauty of a horse running free.
“When God wanted to create the horse, he said to the South Wind, “I want to make a creature of you. Condense.” And the Wind condensed.”
Slow Your Role to Relax, Regroup, Recover
The trauma that you endured that lead to the disorder needs to be accepted. If you try to deny or block it out of your thoughts, you won’t recover.
2. REACH OUT
Initially, it may seem damn near impossible open up about things, but taking the first initial step to connect with others and reach out for help is crucial.
As you reprocess the memory, you need to change the way you think about it / let it control you. Looking back you need to realize that you’re still here – and you are strong.
4. REDUCE STRESS
Part of reducing adrenaline and all of the excess energy is to do anything you can to reduce stress and anxiety – calm the flight-or-fight response to a manageable level.
While it doesn’t happen overnight, you will know you are on the path to recovery when things that previously bothered you a lot are no longer causing emotional pain.