Push ups for PTSD

In not quite the same vein as the Ice Bucket Challenge, the most recent trend of doing 22 push ups a day for 22 days is not quite viral, but you probably have a few friends in your Facebook feed committing to the task.

Quietly, you are probably keeping your head low and not commenting in the hopes that you can avoid being nominated.

It is a fascinating process to see just how few nominated people are accepting the challenge.

Unlike the Ice Bucket challenge, this challenge can interfere with our daily routine for 22 days.

It is a big obstacle for people. It is not like quickly filling up a bucket with cold water and having someone dump it on you… it is a commitment. 

The commitment is for people suffering with PTSD, a silent killer that quietly affects the lives of many people, a victim, family and friends.

It is a confusing illness that needs patience, friendship and sometimes intervention.

PTSD can afflict anybody. It is not limited to military personnel.

It can affect the lives of first responders, medical staff, families — every-day people who have had the unfortunate circumstance to witness or participate in something that, over time, can become disturbing.

The bottom line, I believe is that we are such poor time managers, we shy away from making that commitment.

We can argue that my 22 push ups for 22 days will not make a difference. But the truth is, you don't know that.

How bad can 22 push ups for 22 days be?

It is healthy, it is a good habit to create, it may help somebody else, and it panders to one of society's biggest trends, the selfie… (which is perhaps another reason someone may shy away from taking up the challenge).

But do me a favour. If you are nominated, accept it, get a friend to do it with you if you are nervous, but help spread awareness of PTSD.

The bottom line is that it is making a difference with agencies like Wounded Warriors who are helping PTSD sufferers reporting increased donations. 


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