If you are an emergency first responder, then it is very likely that you have dealt with many difficult and harrowing situations in your career. There is help at hand but many people find it difficult to seek it out, so they end up carrying all of this emotional baggage around with them up until it’s time to retire. Trying to deal with all of this by yourself is not a wise move and you really should reach out to the professionals, who understand exactly what you’re going through, and can help you get through it as best you can.
As you near your retirement age it is always good to seek out some police retirement counseling, because it’s the difference between enjoying and savoring your retirement and cursing the day that you ever took it. Talking to someone about what you went through and what you are experiencing both physically and mentally is the first step to recovery, and the following are just some of the benefits of counseling.
- Relief from mental conditions – You may not know it but you might be already suffering from depression, anxiety, or other mental illness, that has been affecting your life, and the lives of your family members for many years. By going to counseling, you’re taking steps to reduce your emotional and physical challenges in an attempt to lead a normal and deserving life.
- Better able to handle stress – Nobody discounts the fact that as a police officer you are involved in many stressful situations, almost on a daily basis. That is stress that you would be taught to handle but now that retirement has come along, this is stress that you know nothing about. Counseling will help you to manage your stress and this will help you to make better life decisions.
- Helps with conflict resolution – You may have been driving yourself crazy thinking about this moment in your career, when you think that you could have made a better decision and maybe lives may not have been lost. This is a situation that you need to talk to someone about, to help you to come to a healthy decision.
Counseling is not a sign of weakness, it’s just a sign that you need some assistance in getting past some of the experiences in your life. It helps you to understand your treatment options and also provides you with new life skills.