Maintaining wellness during military service and after is extremely important. Service members have unique experiences that test their resiliency every...single...day. These experiences change the pathways in our brains which can create challenges in a non-military environment like the "civilian world."
Fortunately, there are many wellness resources that are available to service members and veterans. These resources are not used as much as they would like, either from a lack of knowledge or a personal choice to not engage for many reasons. Some of these reasons are the belief that they are for the weak, not wanting others to know "I am" struggling, or "I" can take care of myself.
The truth of these statements is irrelevant. The truth is, these resources are available, often free, and have the potential to enhance any person's life through social connection, leisure, physical activity, and engagement.
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Cohen Clinic [Endeavors]
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics at Endeavors provide in-person and virtual high-quality, accessible, and integrated mental health care to Veterans, regardless of role while in uniform, discharge status, or combat experience, active duty service members (with a TRICARE referral), and military families.
San Antonio, TX (& surrounding area)
Not all wounds are visible and our group provides a positive atmosphere among veterans and service members to ensure they know they are not alone. Heroes Sports wants to be an example for others going through issues transitioning from the combat zone to civilian life and show ways that would assist in their transition.
The MISSION of Irreverent Warriors is to bring veterans together using humor and camaraderie to improve mental health and prevent veteran suicide. Irreverent Warriors are connected by three things. 1) Our shared experiences in the US military. 2) Our shared experiences as people who have dealt with pain, tragedy, and trauma. 3) Our tendency to use humor to get through pain, tragedy, and trauma.
The Pink Berets
San Antonio, TX (& Surrounding Area)
It is the mission, duty and purpose of The Pink Berets to address, educate, coordinate, and provide aid and relief to active duty women of the United States Armed Forces and Veterans seeking assistance with invisible injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Sexual Trauma and Combat Trauma Stress on a local and national level.
Warriors for Life
Supporting veterans and first responders, Warriors for Life has support groups almost every night of the week where anonymously or not, you can participate from the comfort of your own home, your own space via a video conference bridge... and you don't have to turn on the video - you can just listen or talk, or both!
Wounded Warrior Project
Every warrior has unique challenges and goals. That’s why we provide a variety of veteran programs and services to help you take the steps that are right for you. What’s more, thanks to the tremendous support of our donors, you never pay a penny to get the help you need to build the future you deserve.
What is wellness?
Dictionary dot com defines "wellness" as the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.
I love the thought of pursuing wellness!
Many of us spend a lot of time and effort taking care of others and we do it well. But, how well do we take care of ourselves.
There are so many ways to maintain wellness. You can exercise. You can connect with likeminded people. You can improve your resilience skills. You can pet a horse. You can hike in tiny shorts with pineapples on them. Those are pineapples, right? You can ass the couch pants-less and watch Hulu with your favorite snack in one hand and your favorite drink in the other while your beloved pet snuggles you.
Wellness is being in a state of good health in four domains: mental, physical, spiritual, and social. How one gets there is an individualized journey.
Humans are unique, so it is that their journey to wellness is unique.
To the left are some suggestions of resources that you can use for wellness. Some areas may not have these specific organizations, but there may be similar ones.
If you need additional resources, you can dial #211 on your mobile phone.