A Guide to Wellness for Vets

You may have heard about how important it is to have a sense of well-being. You may know that it can affect both physical and mental health. But did you know there is a new tool for Veterans to use? 

The Veterans Wellness Guide provides brief explanations, strategies and activities Vets can use at home to improve their well-being. 

A team of VA educators developed the guide. Each section was created to stand alone. Vets can use as many sections and activities as they like and in whatever order they prefer. The guide is rooted in positive psychology. It takes a scientific approach to improving a person’s quality of life. Veterans have shown improvements in their relationships, energy levels, physical self-care and sleep after participating in these wellness programs. Research has found that self-guided positive psychology can decrease symptoms of mental illness, depression and promote overall well being.

In its development stage, the pilot was tested with Veterans whose feedback was used to improve both the content and design. The pilot users reported that the finished guide was highly useful. They said they would recommend the guide to fellow Veterans.

If you are interested in using it you can download it and put it into practice at home at your own pace. Those that wish to involve their loved ones in their wellness journey can share the guide with family members and friends. It covers topics like self-compassion, presence of mind, managing negative thoughts, setting goals, kindness and gratitude, time management, exercise, mediation, relaxation, humor, sleep, stress and healthy eating. Download it today, pick a section and be your own guide to a healthier, happier you!

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