8 Tips for Managing Stress for Service Members

Stress is an interesting animal. A little stress isn’t always bad: it can be an effective motivator, and the adrenaline that stress creates can help improve both mental and physical performance. But too much stress can negatively affect your performance on duty, your relationships, and your physical and mental health. Fortunately, there are many ways to control and reduce stress and increase health and wellness. You can learn and apply stress management techniques to help limit your stress and stay more relaxed in your military and home life. Continue reading 8 Tips for Managing Stress for Service Members

Common Challenges During Readjustment to Civilian Life

Civilians may not be aware of the unique challenges that separating from military service and returning to civilian life can present. Here, we highlight some of these challenges. Veterans may find difficulty with the following:

Relating to people who do not know or understand what military personnel have experienced (and many civilians don’t know that they don’t know!).

Reconnecting with family and re-establishing a role in the family.

–Families may have created new routines during absences and both the family and the Veteran will have to adjust to changes.

Joining or creating a community.

–When moving to a new base or post, the military helps military personnel and families adjust. This structure is often not automatically in place when someone separates from the military. The Veteran and his or her family may have to find new ways to join or create a social community.

Preparing to enter the workforce.

–A Veteran may have never looked for, applied for, or interviewed for a civilian job, especially if he or she had a career in the military. These are new skills he or she will have to learn and master.

–In applying for a job, a Veteran will have to determine how to translate his or her military skills and duties into civilian terms and create a resume.

–A Veteran may have never created a resume. Instead of a resume, the military uses a Field Service Record to detail qualifications, training, and experience.

Returning to a job.

–If deployed with the National Guard or Reserve, a Service Member will have to adjust to resuming their previous job or another similar job at the same company. For some recently returning Service Members, they may find themselves behind a desk in as little as three days after leaving a combat zone.

–Returning to the job may include a period of catching up, learning new skills, or adjusting to a new position. It will also include adjusting to social changes that may have occurred in the workplace.

–During the transition back to work, some Veterans also experience worry and fear about possible job loss.

Creating structure.

–The military provides structure and has a clear chain of command. This does not naturally exist outside the military. A Veteran will have to create his or her own structure or adjust to living in an environment with more ambiguity.

Adjusting to providing basic necessities (e.g., food, clothing, housing).

–In the military, these things are not only provided, but there is often little choice (e.g., you eat at determined times in a certain place, duty station determines your dress).

–Given the lack of choices while in the military, the vast array of choices in the civilian world can sometimes be overwhelming.

Adjusting to a different pace of life and work.

–In the military, personnel do not leave until the mission is complete. In a private sector business, an employee might be expected to stop and go home at 5 p.m., whether the “mission” is complete or not. They may not be apparent to all Veterans.

–Civilian workplaces may be competitive environments, as opposed to the collaborative camaraderie of the military.

–Given the direct nature of communication in military settings, there may be subtle nuances in conversations and workplace lingo that are unfamiliar to Veterans.

Establishing services.

–A Veteran may have to learn how to get a doctor, dentist, life insurance, etc. These services were previously provided by the military.

–A Veteran may also need to navigate the paperwork and process of obtaining benefits and services from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Source: VA.gov

Hand-Made Walking Sticks Offer The Perfect Personalized Way to Thank Those Who Put Others First

The holiday season may be officially over, but the time for giving back to America’s heroes never ends.

As a New Year begins and Americans remain divided after one of the most combative elections in United States history, it’s important not to forget the men and women who put their lives on the line for every American – regardless of their political party. Whether for a military veteran or a retired firefighter, Brazos Walking Sticks, a family owned and operated business in Texas, is crafting personalized walking sticks to honor their service.

Warren Owen, Director of Brazos Walking Sticks, explains why Brazos Walking Sticks is focused on creating hand-crafted walking sticks to policemen, firefighters and military veterans saying, “Brazos Walking Sticks are a unique and memorable gift for service men and women. They are useful for hiking and trekking on trails, and are beautifully crafted and customizable with service emblems.

In addition, difficulty walking and climbing stairs is the most common disability for disabled veterans. We are set on providing a piece of artwork that is a practical walking aide and a physical symbol of appreciation for their service for those who would benefit from a walking stick to aid in mobility.”

Walking sticks are unique and useful for veterans who enjoy hiking, but they can be a true lifesaver for those who have endured years of excruciating physical labor. Those who suffer from bad posture will also benefit from a walking stick as it forces a person to maintain an upright position while walking.

According to Warren Owen:

  • Brazos walking sticks are unique in that they are all individually crafted in Central Texas from the finest native and exotic woods.
  • All walking sticks can be laser engraved with the name of the recipient as well as their military branch or company number.
  • If you know a military vet or retired policeman or firefighter who enjoys hiking and the outdoors, or simply needs a walking stick or cane for mobility issues, there is truly no greater gift than a custom walking stick.

Source:  webinax.com


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