I suppose I know a lot about sleep.
Sleep habits were the topic of a research project I did in my final semester of graduate school. My test subject for the project was someone who was struggling with chronic insomnia, and my job as a social worker was to find answers that would help her out with minimal amount of intervention. The real goal of the study was to address bad habits and see if medication could be avoided all together.
First, we went over her medical history. She was in good health, and her doctor had ruled out anything medical that would cause the insomnia. Basically, she was struggling with environmental factors that were causing her to have a hard time falling asleep and difficulty staying asleep when she finally passed out from exhaustion.
They say “you are what you eat,” and there is some truth to that. We are also what we project in the lines of our attitude. Your attitude affects your actions, as well as your mental and physical health. It can feel like an uphill battle sometimes when you are facing deployments, PCSing and other difficulties of military life, but there are strategies you can use to keep that chin lifted high and to keep that attitude working for you instead of against you.
Children can prove surprisingly resilient in the face of change, stress or challenges. It’s important for military parents to build a strong foundation for their children and instill coping skills that will serve them in the years to come.
Now that almost 15 percent of the active duty troops are female, the VA is facing a handful of challenges. Not all of these concerns have to do with women’s care after they leave the service, in fact there have been rising reports of concerns about active duty medical care for women. As a result, the Department of Defense has also begun to address some of the active duty women’s concerns.
Here’s a look at some of these concerns and what the federal entities are doing to try to accommodate women’s needs. See More
Everyone has their fears, even in the military. While the expectation may be to remain solid and strong, fear is a natural phenomenon and can actually be beneficial to our health. It’s when that fear causes you to become scared that it can become a detriment. Having fear and being scared are often considered the same thing, but there is a subtle difference.
Fear is about the emotion surrounding danger, pain or whatever else. Being scared is a sudden moment of alarm or worry, often without reason. When fear is left to simmer, it leads to being scared, which can result in debilitation and missed opportunities. But there’s no need to worry (or fear, at least in this instance). There are ways to address your fears without becoming scared.
Here’s 6 steps to face your fears and not become scared. See More