Guided Imagery and Meditation Blog | Health Journeys

You are here: Home Update Update from Belleruth July 16, 2007

July 16, 2007

12 Jul
After getting many, many requests, we’ve put together two gift packs for our troops - a Military Stress Hardiness Optimization Kit for pre- or during deployment and a Military Welcome Home Gift Pack for getting home..
Hello, everyone.

Well, after getting many, many requests for imagery to send to sons, daughters, husbands and wives in Iraq and Afghanistan, we finally put our heads together to assemble a special gift pack for troops overseas. We’re calling it our Military Stress Hardiness Optimization Kit.

There’s no clinical proof yet (although we’re working on it, as are several teams of researchers around the country) but some serious indication - plus logical inference - that if soldiers can learn self-regulation skills, pre-deployment, or before a traumatic episode occurs, they probably have a much better chance of innoculating themselves against the later acquisition of PTSD - at the very least, they might be able to reduce the severity of symptoms, even after experiencing horrific events.

This is because imagery and related practices teach the skill of bringing those extreme alarm and countervailing sedation biochemicals back into balance after a full-blown survival reaction occurs within the body. It’s when this biochemical swinging back and forth takes on a life of its own that the trouble gets stuck and acute stress can turn into PTSD.

So, in the belief and hope that it’s easier to prevent PTSD than it is to treat it once it’s taken hold, we’re suggesting this "Stress Hardiness Optimization Kit" for your favorite deployed soldier, journalist, medical personnel or early responder - anyone working in a dangerous, adrenergized, high-stress situations, really.

There are 3 simple self regulation exercises on the Panic Attack CD - conscious breathing, mantra meditation and progressive body scanning - that are perfect for this kind of pre-deployment training. There is also our General Wellness imagery for all-round relaxation, our restful sleep CD and our general stress relief CD set. And now we’re working on combining the most effective of these exercises into one, new title of stress hardiness exercises. Stay tuned for that.

And - better late than never - we’re also now offering a Military Welcome Home Gift Pack for returning troops who’ve seen and been through way too much, and whose nervous systems are now pinging with acute stress reactions (many of which didn’t set in til after they’ got home and had time to ponder and re-experience what they’ve been through).

This consists of imagery to help with sleep, grief and general stress; imagery to contain random panic attacks (a resurgence of survival neurohormones that many returning military experience); and our powerful posttraumatic stress imagery. This is a gift pack that’s been a long time in coming and will have the right stuff to help a lot of people. Do take a look at this week’s Inspiring Story to see what guided imagery can do for severe, long term, chronic PTSD that’s 40 years old, even! (We just got this heart warming email this past week).

OK, take care and be well.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award