Doctor Beth Murphy said something to this effect last week. She said it differently, but the impact it made was the same. "You guys spend more time taking care of your apparatus's then you do your people." I stopped in my tracks. I think we all did. All ,as in the Marysville peer support team. We spend more time taking care and maintaining our rigs then we do taking care of ourselves. We schedule oil changes, tires rotations. When things aren't working the rigs go immediately into the shop, no questions asked. When was the last time you scheduled a visit with a counselor to just check in? Or a better question, Why don't we treat ourselves better than a piece of machinery?
We run ourselves ragged with work, appointments, second and third jobs, college, kids and life. It gets away from us. We are so busy trying to be everything to everyone. We end up hurting ourselves.
I'm not trying to shame anyone, I know all our circumstances are different. What I am posing is a question, When was the last time you treated your body/mind/spirit with the maintenance attitude of that of you vehicle?
Please reach out to myself or any of the peer members if you need help finding a counselor.
We have some resources to help you and your family find someone you enjoy talking to.
Beyond the Gear is a informational place where firefighters and their families can read and take steps at living a healthier life. Healthy body starts with a healthy mind. I hope you enjoy.