Source: Flickr billselakJoining the civilian workforce following your military career can be both an exciting and stressful time. The culture and operations of a civilian workplace may differ from what you experienced during your military career. Be patient as you adjust to your new position, work environment and co-workers.Common Workplace Stressors1. Feeling DisconnectedWhen you work with people who have never been in the military, you may feel disconnected or that you don’t have anything in common with your co-workers. You may also miss the strong bond of your unit.TIPS
Source: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alexander Naylor/ ReleasedPositive thinking can improve your mood and help you keep stress in check. Here are six ways you can turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts:1. Don’t Overgeneralize. Overgeneralization is the belief that because something happened once it will happen again.
Source: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel SauretSleep is important in life, just like air, food and water. It allows your body to heal, boosts your immune system and improves learning and memory. With healthy sleep habits, you are more likely to perform your best, whether you are at home, deployed or away for training.
Source: U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAOWe all worry or feel anxious at times, but if these feelings interfere with daily activities you may want to check in with your health care provider. Being aware of your own anxiety symptoms or concerns and knowing what to do about them may help you stay mission ready.Anxiety Disorders and their SymptomsAnxiety is a feeling of fearfulness and uncertainty. Anxiety disorders last at least six months and can get worse if not addressed. Here is a list of common anxiety disorders:
Source: U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young/ReleasedMaking a plan to talk with a health care provider about your psychological health concerns is an important step toward improving your overall health. If you have been through trauma or other challenges, it may be hard to talk about your experiences. A health care provider can help you understand your feelings and maintain your mental fitness. This article offers useful tips to help you choose a provider, prepare for your first appointment and make the most of your visit.