2. Physical Fitness
3. Mental Fitness
4. Spiritual Fitness
5. Family and Friends
6. The Dark Moments
About the Author
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I am a Veterans Affairs Whistleblower. I told the truth long ago and I’ve been paying for it ever since. I never stopped telling the truth and neither should you.
[*I know first hand how intense the retaliation is at Veterans Affairs. *]I decided to write this short complimentary book making it widely available on all book retailer platforms to encourage self-care among my fellow Veterans Affairs truthful employees. I hope that this book assists you in your journey. Please feel free to share this e-book with a friend or a coworker. I also hope that this serves as an educational tool to inform the public about the reality inside of Veterans Affairs.
I know that [*experiencing retaliation and being targeted at Veterans Affairs is not fun and it is not easy. *]I know that you’re going to need all the help that you can get.
Many Americans are fat, sick and out of shape, but you don’t have to be! [*You were made to be healthy and active. *]You were meant to walk, run and have fun throughout your entire life. Couch sitting, processed foods, drive-through windows and too much computer work have ruined human beings’ health. Consider taking a break from the television or canceling the cable television altogether. Consider a free exercise video online. There are tons of free and high-quality exercise videos on YouTube.
I try to exercise at least 20 minutes every single day. This exercise often times is as simple as stretching because of all of the computer work that I do. Some people call yoga stretching and stretching yoga, but it’s all the same thing. This is coming from someone who has spent hundreds of hours doing every kind of yoga imaginable.
You can find free videos online for this as well, just type in something as simple as computer stretches. Check out this computer stretch video that I found that will help you stretch out your overused and tired muscles in your hands and arms, . I also try to walk 1 to 2 miles every single day. It’s nothing fancy, something a grandmother could do. There are many cumulative benefits of exercise that can impact every area of your life in a positive way.
Despite the sad fact that most Americans choose not *]to eat healthy, there is no excuse for you to refuse to follow a healthy diet. Grocery delivery services and meals can be sent directly to your home. [*Check out these two delivery services both of which I’ve tried, and . Both of these services are awesome! My family is currently utilizing GreenChef.com. Each of these companies offers delicious organically grown and extremely nutritious whole foods.
There are a tremendous number of free online recipes and food blogs to choose from. [*Amazing information is all around you that can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. *]Focusing on finding new information centered on your new healthy lifestyle that you are trying to achieve will help take your focus off of the retaliation that you’re continuing to endure at Veterans Affairs even if it is just momentarily.
Physical fitness is important for a multitude of reasons. People that are physically fit are less likely to succumb to stressors in their life. When you’re facing a tremendous amount of stress and pressure, physical fitness is key to combating the ill effects. There is a tremendous amount of research proving that physical fitness has a positive impact on your mental health as well as your physical well-being. Check out one of my favorite people Dr. Stephen Illardi. Here is one of his awesome, educational and informative presentations, .
This may not seem like the truth when you are stressed out and exhausted, but something as simple as taking a walk with your dog can help. [*Exercise such as swimming, walking and biking can help clear your mind. *]This can help prevent you from dwelling on the retaliation that you’re experiencing at Veterans Affairs. Exercising could also potentially help you sleep at night. Involve your family and friends in exercising if possible. It can be an uplifting family affair. For example, you could go hiking together or go to the park and have a picnic.
Getting out of your normal surroundings can help reset your mind. There was a point that I reached where I could no longer physically exercise because of sleep deprivation due to intense retaliation at Veterans Affairs. If you have reached this point, then please go to your doctor immediately and seek professional help. Following up with your physician is a crucial part of maintaining your own fitness. You need to care for your entire body through routine health assessments and healthy eating.
Mental fitness is important for all aspects of your life. Veterans Affairs has an ability to wear people down. This is especially true for well-intentioned employees that simply try to tell the truth. It can become a nearly impossible task to maintain your sanity and to remain mentally fit throughout your employment with Veterans Affairs.
I remember working with a person that had been subjected to very intense workplace bullying. It completely destroyed them. It destroyed the person’s self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence. It also destroyed the person’s health, both mentally and physically. It was horrible, watching this person deteriorate before my eyes. Eventually, the person died of a heart attack at work.
It is an unfortunate reality that the toxic and dysfunctional work environment at Veterans Affairs can easily deteriorate your mental health. [*It is imperative that you maintain an optimistic and positive life outlook. *]It is scientifically proven that people that have an optimistic and positive outlook and surround themselves with other people that also have a positive and optimistic life outlook are more likely to have improved health outcomes and a higher quality of life overall.
I know that you may be laughing at the thought of having a positive and optimistic life outlook given what you’re going through. However, it is true. I’m not telling you to become unrealistic, not at all. It is important to face reality in order to make logical life decisions. I encourage you to do so. However, there is more to life than the toxic Veterans Affairs organization.
It is imperative that while working at Veterans Affairs to not become engulfed in the toxicity. There are many people inside of Veterans Affairs that thrive and feed off of the drama and contribute to the toxicity. You do not want to become one of those people. Take a step back and look at your behavior. Ensure that you were not contributing to workplace bullying or creating a hostile work environment for other Veterans Affairs employees.
Breathe. This is one of the most important things that you can do, simply breathe and believe that it is possible to make it through another day and to survive. If you are experiencing any type of workplace bullying to include cyber bully and mobbing, take a step back and breathe. When you come home, try to find a quiet space where you can unwind and relax. Try to find time in your day when you do not have to answer to anyone where you can truly decompress and process everything that is occurring in your life right now. This will help you make more logical and rational decisions moving forward.
Take pride in yourself. Focus on your own personal hygiene such as applying makeup, shaving, bathing every single day, brushing your hair and brushing your teeth. Just because you’re being treated like garbage doesn’t mean you are garbage. Treat yourself like the valuable person that you are. Get yourself a massage, a haircut; buy a new shirt or dress. You deserve it and you earned it! You were made to do more than just pay bills, be retaliated against at Veterans Affairs and die!
No matter how bad things are, it is crucial that you do not lose faith and that you remain spiritually fit. I’m not speaking about any particular religious faith or affiliation whatsoever. I’m simply referring to your spiritual health, fitness and well-being. It is very easy when you are surrounded by toxic and evil people to lose faith in people and in the world.
When you become spiritually unfit, you can spiral downhill quite quickly. For example, if you currently participate in any type of faith-based community it is important that continue doing so. Never ever isolate yourself from the people that care about you in your community no matter how much you may want to do so. Isolating yourself will contribute to depression and anxiety.
I remember when I was in the armpit of hell known as Veterans Affairs. I attended church three times a week in order to uplift my spirits. I wasn’t always able to do this, as I didn’t always have the energy. However, I made a concerted effort to plug into my faith-based community whenever possible. My faith was strengthened tremendously during this difficult time. This deepening of my faith and strength is what enables me to share with you right now.
As you probably already know your family and friends are the most important people in your life.[* Your family and friends will be there to support you when no one else will.*] Your family and friends will uplift your spirits and help you to see that you are a worthwhile person and that you deserve love. It is also true that your family and friends are probably sick and tired of hearing about Veterans Affairs. Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest for you to take a break from talking about Veterans Affairs even if it is just for a few hours.
Consider other activities that could possibly help disrupt the perpetual thoughts about what you’re going through at Veterans Affairs. Here are some fun suggestions about what activities you can do with your friends and family.
• Go see a movie.
•[* Go out to a restaurant.*]
•[* Have an old-fashioned board game night.*]
•[* Build crafts.*]
•[* Have a barbecue.*]
•[* Break out the coloring books for both adults and children. (Check out .)*]
Do not be foolish and neglect your family and friends. They will be there for you when no one else is. Make time for those relationships and nurture those relationships. Do not allow Veterans Affairs to destroy your healthy relationships.
I’m not saying that it will be easy. I know first hand that this is not an easy task. I know first hand the impact that Veterans Affairs retaliation has on families, on careers and on your life.
There will be dark moments. Moments where you feel like you’re suffocating. Moments where you cry and feel dead inside. There will be moments where you may feel the pain is so intense that life is no longer worth living. When the darkness overcomes you, reach out and get help.
May I make some suggestions?
•[* Spend the night with a friend.*]
•[* Call a family member.*]
•[* Make an appointment with your doctor.*]
•[* Call a crisis hotline. *]1-800-273-TALK (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
•[* Schedule an appointment with a mental health provider.*]
Veterans Affairs employees receive six complimentary and confidential sessions with a mental health provider of their choice. This is facilitated through a healthcare insurance company known as compsych. You may quickly realize that you’re going to need way more than six sessions if you’re experiencing intense retaliation at Veterans Affairs. If this is the case, then consider using your other health insurance, which may be Blue Cross Blue Shield for federal employees or Tricare if you’re a military Veteran or a military family member.
If you do not have any health insurance to rely upon, then consider utilizing a not-for-profit service called , which provides sliding scale fees for people in need of mental health services. These fees range from $30 – $50 per therapy session. The was founded by a licensed professional counselor. The people are very passionate about the work that they do at the and really want to make sure that people that need to be connected with qualified mental health providers actually are connected to them and can actually afford the sessions.
You were made for more.
You deserve better.
You are NOT alone!
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* Are you working for Veterans Affairs and experiencing retaliation or dealing with its aftermath? * Are you looking for peace in your life? * Do you feel disconnected from your family and your friends? * Are you experiencing anxiety? * Are you having difficulty doing things that you used to enjoy? * Are you having trouble sleeping at night? * Have you gained weight? * Do you feel like your living in a fog? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this is the e-book for you and can assist you with overcoming some of your life challenges. What's Included: * Actionable Self-Care Steps * How to improve your physical fitness. * How to improve your mental fitness. * How to improve your spiritual fitness. * How to improve your relationships with your family and your friends. * How to manage the dark moments.