Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bullying: Part Nine - Being Bullied is Tiring

Ever wonder what happens to the body when it does not get enough rest and time to recuperate? It shuts down for maintenance.

If one is being bullied relentlessly the body does not get the reprieve needed for "repairs" and rejuvenation. (I will use a soldier in battle to illustrate this.)

Get Enough Sleep

In his book ON COMBAT, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman states,
"A person deprived of sleep for 24 hours is virtually the physiological and psychological equivalent of being legally drunk. Dr. Jacques Gouws...makes the point... 'The soldier in combat is physically and emotionally significantly more fatigued because of the duration of the sustained military combat operations.'... Dr. Bryan Vila tells about one study which showed that sleep-deprived people scored as badly or worse on reaction-time tests as those with a blood-alcohol level of .10 percent, a percentage deemed legally drunk in all states."(Grossman, Dave, Lt. Col. ON COMBAT. 2008. Warrior Science Publications. Pg. 25.)

It is my opinion, someone who is bullied (is similar to a soldier in combat or a police officer) in he/she is operating in a high stress situation which can weigh heavily on a person and be utterly exhausting. Not to mention the bullied individual might not be sleeping well at night, causing a "sleep debt", which is statistically unhealthy.

Eat Healthy

"...research shows that sufficient sleep, combined with a nutritious diet, lots of fluids and exercise are critical for a long and healthy life." (Grossman, Dave, Lt. Col. ON COMBAT. 2008. Warrior Science Publications. Pg. 23.)

Maintain a healthy diet. Further, stay at the "top of your game". Consuming alcohol, taking certain medication, and/or indulging in illegal substances cloud judgement and put you at risk. (Obviously, stop illegal activity!) And refrain from the others especially if there is a chance bullying will take place while you are under the influence. Depending on the type of bullying, being impaired could, of course, cost you greatly!

Renew Your Mind

Verbal and emotional (or mental) bullying is, in my opinion, just as bad as (if not worse than) a physical beat down. So, I feel positive renewal is imperative! In "Pretty Woman", (Yes, I am going to quote a movie.) actor Julia Roberts says, "The bad stuff is easier to believe." All the more reason to saturate yourself with good stuff. May I recommend the word of God! It is bursting with encouragement, descriptive, and prescriptive verses to heal even the deepest wounds! Scriptures speaks against oppression! Look at what happened when God's people were "bullied" by Pharaoh (Exodus), or to Abigail's husband who is described as a "harsh and badly behaved" man (1 Samuel 25) , or to Haman (Esther)! God took vengeance (which He says is His! We are to "be angry and sin not".)

To be continued tomorrow when I will address 1. Conditioning your body and 2. When support systems (those you look to for help) fail. Until then, BE WISE and be safe.
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