Working as a first responder is hard, but you sought out that work because you believed there was a great purpose behind it. If you have lost it, focus on finding it again. The good news we’ve found out at Call for Backup is that only about 12% of first responders say they either “Never” or “Rarely” derive a sense of purpose from their work.
Whether it is a spouse or other partner, you should place a high value on that relationship and always take steps to keep improving it. It’s encouraging to know that about 62% of first responders tell us that they “Often” or “Always” follow this advice.
Learn positive ways to express your feelings. Stress often causes us to behave in ways that hurt others, so expressing ourselves appropriately is key to handling difficult situations and people. Our research indicates that only about 7% of first responders “Always” express themselves carefully and appropriately, while another 36% say they “Often” do.
Being future-oriented makes a difference when it comes to responding to the effects of stress. Our research shows, though, that only about one-third of first responders say they either “often” or “always” set both short- and long-term goals and update them at appropriate intervals. About the same number say their either “rarely” or “never” do!
Our research shows that individuals who actively practice some type of faith are significantly less likely to suffer from the effects of stress. The number 1 spiritual practice among first responders is some from of prayer or meditation; yet research conducted by Call for Backup shows that 22% of first responders say they never meditate or pray about things that are beyond their control, versus only 12% who say they always do.