After a tour in Iraq, transitioning from active duty to my new normal life was no easy feat. Not only was it a daily struggle to get back into the swing of things, but I also had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do career-wise, which is typical for most of us returning home from active duty.
You are plagued with anxiety, stress, and in my case not discovering I was dealing with PTSD until much later. It’s typical to be unsure of what path to take next but most people around you will not understand your struggle or turmoil. I was hit with a reality check and had to learn the hard way about what it was like to be like the masses to struggle with work and life balance. Knowing that I came back having gained 30 lbs overseas did not sit too well with me.
Finding something challenging and demanding to redirect my focus ultimately saved my life.
For me that was finding a personal trainer who changed my life for the better. It was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I have ever made. The skills I learned in the military turned out to be transferable and invaluable in all areas of my life. My training in the army helps me tremendously in my career as a personal trainer.
Since I’m in better shape physically and mentally, I can show up as a better version of myself for my family and clients. This just goes to show the importance of balance and prioritizing self-care. Always find time for yourself because you matter!
Take care and show up for yourself so that you can do the same for others!