4 Things I Learned from Helping First Responders Work Through Trauma

For years I helped first responders work through PTSD and trauma. Today I want to share the stories of that work, and what I learned that you can apply to your own life:

  1. Attitude is everything. If you believe you can make a difference, you will. Ask yourself: does your thinking empower you, or hinder you? The first step is to become aware of this.
  2. Don’t hold back in life.¬†Caring about something is important. There is a reason that first responders run into a dangerous situation while others run away. It is a drive to help. If you don’t care deeply about something bigger than yourself, then you might not be motivated to be your best. Too often, people are held back by their fears. Instead, be motivated by passion and purpose. It can change your life.
  3. If the motivation to not get better is bigger than the motivation to get better, then you won’t change.
  4. Never work harder on someone else’s problems than they are.

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Shannon Connery, Ph.D.

1 thought on “4 Things I Learned from Helping First Responders Work Through Trauma”

  1. This was so informative. Thank you! As a woman with family in the police chaplaincy, and a dream of helping people, this subject matter of “helping the helpers” is very interesting to me. I very much enjoyed it.

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