Since I opened the door on Monday to share with you that my hubby is law enforcement. I want to share with you something that I am most passionate about when it comes to law enforcement.
Their emotional well-being!!!
I remember when my hubby went through the academy one of the trainers suggested to all the “cops” to buy the book: I LOVE A COP…..and have their spouse read it.
Well we did: buy it and read it! Being a Sociology major with a concentration in Psychology and Criminology I knew I wanted to know even more how a cops mind works and how I as a spouse could support him. This was one of the best books we ever read early into his career.
Some of my frustrations I have had over the years with all law-enforcement agencies is the lack of emotional/psychological support. Oh sure if they get into a shooting they are required, mandated, to see the in house “shrink”. But to just go see a therapist in house to keep the mind clean, to vent, to stay emotionally stable….well that is taboo. It is something that could go into their records. It is something that could effect advancements or opportunities within the job.
This is my interpretation: We want you to open up and share with us your feelings when you have to take a life on the job, but don’t have feelings and emotions when someone cusses you out because you gave them a ticket. Don’t have feelings when a drug bust could have gone wrong. Don’t have feelings when you have to tell a mom that her 2 year old didn’t survive the accident. Don’t have feelings….stuff…stuff….stuff them down!
We expect our law-enforcement officers to not have feelings….to be SUPER HUMAN…..or better yet not human really. And the thing is they are. They are just as much: mind, body, soul, spirit as you and me!
Now I know I am not going to be able to change the system the way it works currently in my life-time. I totally do hope there will be a day that a police officer is able to go to and is actually required to see a therapist at least quarterly, in order to keep their emotions cleaned out. But until that day happens, there are some things police officers CAN do to support their emotions. There are ways they can recognize and acknowledge they MUST get that junk out!
Now prayer is helpful….going to church is extremely helpful…..exercise helps tremendously….but God gives us modalities and tools to help us with that prayer…to help these officers unleash these emotions so they don’t get locked inside and create more harm for them: mind, body, soul, spirit!
There are 3 things I would highly highly highly recommend an officer put into practice:
Essential Oils and Tapping are something an officer can do on their own and avoid the stigma. But Tapping can also be helpful with a coach to work through some more difficult stuff or to get the hang of putting it into practice. Splankna is something that is done with a practitioner but provides amazing clearing of emotions.
Just like prayer, exercise, healthy eating and sleep habits……using essential oils and tapping take time and practice to putting them into a daily routine.
But the question is this: wouldn’t it be healthier for an officer who just encountered a rude person go to their patrol car afterwards and “diffuse” some oils in their hands, place the oils on acupressure points, and tap that negative emotion right then and there, rather than bottle it up and the next person who is a jerk to them maybe gets some of that anger or frustration. Or worse they become disconnected from their family because they keep feeling and experiencing only the negative of the world.
Do you know a police officer in your life who could benefit from any/all of these powerful modalities? Pray about it? Share this information with them. Encourage them to take their emotional health into their hands.
As always…..many prayers and hugs for all of you dear beloved ones….
***If you or someone you love would be open to learning about how essential oils and/or tapping can support their/your emotional and physical health please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can private message me on Messenger from my Facebook Page at: KellyFrick:Connect……1st calls are usually 30-40 minutes….totally free!