“Ultimately, I need to know that whoever I’m working with, if the shit hits the fan and I’m in a situation, that my colleagues are going to be there to watch my back”. The ethos of “Leave no man behind” is a mainstay across Armed Forces and equally relevant to professionals in Close & Executive Protection. If a colleague was injured out in the field, would you turn your back and walk away?
Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) describes the range of positive changes experienced by people as a result of their struggle with a severe life challenge or a traumatic event.
Have you ever had the feeling that something was wrong before you’ve actually spotted a potential threat? It’s all down to your brain’s “hostile environment surveillance process” – made up of your inbuilt surveillance system that is constantly monitoring your environment in order to maintain your safety and wellbeing.
In your role as a protection specialist, you may be under chronic stress and the danger is that your nervous system gets stuck in a chronic state of sympathetic arousal. There is then a need to regularly use strategies that trigger a parasympathetic state. When it comes to high-stress environments, clinical research has consistently shown that mindfulness improves mental performance, focus and the ability to sustain attention when multi-tasking.
Mental Body Armour – have you got your kit on? You wouldn’t dream of going on a job without appropriate physical protection and risk assessment – but how well do you protect yourself mentally? You may think that you are constitutionally stronger than most people and so you don’t need to think about […]
As a bodyguard, your background, training and experience mean that generally you are more resilient and for you, what the man in the street would view as traumatic, is all in a day’s work. However, like Dave, this does not mean that you are invulnerable to post-traumatic stress!