Category Archives: Health Topics

Why Soldiers Need Spirituality Now More Than Ever

IN THIS ARTICLE: Spiritual fitness is vital to Soldiers’ well-being Spirituality helps Soldiers bounce back from challenges Spirituality isn’t exclusively tied to religion Based on commentary by Chaplain (MAJ) Lonny Wortham, DPhil, Family Life Chaplain, Army National Guard Bureau In an age of hostility sometimes fueled by religious beliefs, the concept of spirituality—and the need …

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Try These Shockingly Easy Acts of Kindness to Help Others and Yourself

IN THIS ARTICLE: Kindness and compassion make you a better person, citizen, and Soldier Try a random act of kindness: open doors, let people cut ahead, and offer your seat on public transit Paying it forward is contagious As a Soldier, helping people in need is a duty you signed up for. But serving others …

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6 Big Truths About Your Guard Chaplains

IN THIS ARTICLE: Find out how Chaplains help Soldiers of all faiths. Learn how to seek confidential counseling from your Chaplain. Understand the training Chaplains go through to become qualified. Looking for a friendly ear, a sense of community, or to feel more spiritually connected to yourself and others? Chaplains help Soldiers sort through emotions, …

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5 Ways You Can Serve Others

IN THIS ARTICLE: Giving back enhances your physical and mental health. Find a service opportunity in your neighborhood. Give back in whatever way appeals to you. Giving back and serving others as a Citizen-Soldier is good for you. A single act of kindness has been shown to enhance a person’s physical and mental health. Don’t …

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Why Soldiers Need Spirituality Now More Than Ever

IN THIS ARTICLE: Spiritual fitness is vital to Soldiers’ well-being Spirituality helps Soldiers bounce back from challenges Spirituality isn’t exclusively tied to religion Based on commentary by Chaplain (MAJ) Lonny Wortham, DPhil, Family Life Chaplain, Army National Guard Bureau In an age of hostility sometimes fueled by religious beliefs, the concept of spirituality—and the need …

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How To Help Cope With Losing A Friend to Suicide

IN THIS ARTICLE: Everyone’s healing process is different Try to focus your energy on what you can do for yourself to recover and heal Connect to free counseling near you with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Losing a friend to suicide can be the hardest thing a Soldier—or anyone—faces. If you’ve lost a …

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Troubled by a Friend’s Post on Social Media? Here’s How to Help.

IN THIS ARTICLE: If your friend expresses thoughts of suicide on social media, don’t ignore them. Get help by connecting him or her to free and confidential Guard resources. You can also reach to safety teams on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to get your friend the support they need. You may encounter a drill buddy …

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Buddy check: Is someone you know at risk for suicide?

IN THIS ARTICLE: Know the risk factors and warning signs of suicide Knowing your buddy and fellow Soldiers could save their lives Don’t be afraid to act, provide buddy care, or escort to help You and your battle buddies have been through a lot together. You’ve sweat out drill weekends and responded to national disasters. …

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