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Stress & Anxiety

The demands of military life are challenging. Whether at home or abroad, service members regularly face difficult situations that can cause stress and anxiety.

When left unchecked, these feelings can last weeks or months, get worse, or interfere with your duties at home and in uniform. For this reason, it is important to reach out to your health care provider if you feel intense or lasting stress or anxiety. Your provider can work with you to manage your symptoms and keep you mission ready. Use the following resources to learn about stress, anxiety and other related topics.

Recommended Resources

The Physiology of Combat Stress Reaction (CSR)

This article discusses how intense combat stress may result in extreme physiological reactions that become so overwhelming they affect your ability to function during the event, and may also be re-experienced after the event is over, sometimes for many years.

What a Combat Stress Reaction May Look Like

Accessing Psychological Health Care

Maintaining physical fitness is critical to support mission readiness. However, many service members are unaware of the multiple ways they can get psychological health care when they think they might need it. In this article, learn about the multiple “off ramps” where you can find care and enhance your psychological fitness. Using these resources and strategies, you can proactively manage your psychological health to maintain peak performance.

Prioritizing Your Psychological Health

Your psychological fitness plays an important role in mission readiness. Caring for your mind and body can help you balance the demands of military life. However, it can be challenging to find the time to focus on yourself and your psychological health. Learn how to manage your time more effectively and find tips to help make your psychological health a priority.

Keeping Your Mind Psychologically Fit

Maintaining physical fitness is critical to support mission readiness.  In this article, learn why psychological fitness is also important for mission readiness and find tips that may help you manage your psychological health to reach peak performance.

Breathing, Meditation and Relaxation Techniques to Improve Mind and Body Health

Whether you are preparing for deployment or reintegration, it’s important to consider how mind and body practices may assist you in staying mission ready. Research has shown that these practices, like yoga and meditation, may be helpful for a variety of conditions. They may help reduce the severity of occupational stress, relax your mind, assist in your recovery, facilitate a boost in performance and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. In this article, learn the basics of mind and body practices, how they may benefit your health and tips to get you started.

How to Combat Isolation and Loneliness

Deployments and Permanent Change of Station (PCS) are an important part of military life. These transitions can be filled with new opportunities and experiences. However, the challenges of moving and separating from family and friends may contribute to loneliness and social isolation. In fact, loneliness can happen to anyone at any time and may negatively impact your health and well-being. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to connect with others and feel more engaged.