Mind over Mood: Six Ways to Think Positively

Positive thinking can improve your mood and help you keep stress in check. Here are six ways you can turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts:

Peer Support for Military Spouses

Connecting with peers can help improve your quality of life, promote wellness and build resiliency.

Use Martial Arts to Cope with Stress and Boost Resilience

While it may seem counterintuitive to address stress with combat training, certain types of traditional martial arts, such as tai chi and qi gong, are designed to do just that. In addition to increasing a sense of calm, martial arts can also be used to improve physical condition and strength.

Peer Support Resources for Members of the National Guard, Reserve and Individual Augmentees

Members of the National Guard, reserve and individual augmentees are in unique positions. Members of the National Guard and reserve serve as citizen-warriors and often work full-time civilian jobs while still being a member of the armed forces. Individual augmentees may receive orders or volunteer to deploy individually with a command that is not their own.

Total Force Fitness - Overview

Keeping fit means more than just physical fitness - it requires a comprehensive approach that focuses on the mind, body and spirit working together. Stress and associated symptoms, such as headaches or anxiety, can reduce the ability to maintain appropriate weight, fitness, and nutrition. They increase the likelihood of developing chronic pain or impairing your body’s normal functions. As a warrior, familiarity with stress management skills and maintaining a healthy lifestyle before, during and after deployment can reduce depression, prevent a progression to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it may well reduce the chances of diminished work performance, obesity, and injury.

Five Tips To Reinforce Unit Cohesion

Unit cohesion provides service members with a natural support network during deployment and when returning home. A cohesive unit is one whose members share a strong bond, loyalty and commitment to each other and the mission. Simply put, having strong social ties to unit members and leaders supports a unit’s combat readiness. In this article, learn how you, the line leader, can build unit cohesion and promote your unit’s resilience.

Support & Resources for Single Service Members

As a single service member, it is important to have a personal network of peers, friends and family members to help you cope with the challenges that you may experience throughout a deployment cycle. They can help you feel connected to life at home, cope with the stress of a combat environment and help you readjust when you return from deployment. Try using the tips and suggestions below to help you strengthen and expand your personal support network.

Psychological Fitness – Keeping Your Mind Fit

Fitness is a whole-of-body experience, not just about how much weight you can lift, or how many miles you can run, but it includes a number of other factors outside the realm of strength, agility and speed. Psychological fitness is one of those factors. Understanding what makes up psychological fitness and how to develop a healthier mental state can improve your readiness to confront the challenges of life – both in the military and in civilian life.

Breathing, Meditation, Relaxation Techniques

Staying fit requires more than physical strength – it requires a comprehensive approach that focuses on the mind, body and spirit working together. Whether you are preparing to deploy, are currently deployed or are reintegrating, it’s important to consider how mind and body practices like breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques can assist you in staying resilient or coping with invisible wounds. Mind and body skills are part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and integrative health practices that focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body and behavior, in order to use the mind to strengthen physical functioning and promote health. CAM and integrative health are a diverse group of medical and non-medical health care practices that are not considered to be part of conventional medicine, or clinical care practiced by a health provider. Note, CAM and integrative health practices are not currently covered under TRICARE military health care plans. For more information on TRICARE coverage, visit TRICARE Covered Services online.

Physical Fitness Training Year-Round Boosts Resilience

Military physical fitness involves your ability to physically handle all aspects of a demanding mission, while remaining healthy and uninjured.


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