Take Care Of Yourself!
If you are experiencing some of these symptoms (listed below) and are concerned that these symptoms are interfering with your daily life or are limiting your ability to perform well academically or personally, you should consider seeking help. Talking with peer or visiting a counselor can be beneficial.
You can also help your adjustment to civilian and college life by implementing these behaviors:
- Limit your schedule to what is reasonable. Don’t overload;
- In class, take notes using a good note taking system (Cornell Note Taking System);
- Follow a daily schedule to keep yourself organized;
- Get involved with campus activities that interest you and become involved with your fellow students;
- Use the college services offered such as academic Tutoring and Counseling Services;
- Talk to your on campus Veteran Affairs representative and take advantage of available benefits for veterans;
- Limit exposure to things that upset you (television, news broadcasts, newspapers);
- Talk with peers and counselors;
- Be aware that others may not understand or agree with your service in the military;
- Get the proper amount of sleep and rest, eat a good balanced diet and establish a good physical workout routine;
- Decrease unhealthy behaviors such as use of alcohol, nicotine and illegal substances;
- Take part in healthy, fun activities;
- Give back to the campus and community by doing volunteer work. Helping others takes the focus off of you;
- Pay attention to how you react to things & learn to recognize the physical & emotional signs of stress and/or PTSD;
- Visit the Office of Student Counseling Services and setup an appointment;
- Seek spiritual fulfillment through prayer, meditation and fellowship;
- Set reasonable boundaries for yourself.