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Mental Wellness

Mental and emotional well-being is essential to look and feel your best at any age. Increase your ability to cope with stress, better understand its mental and physical effects, and develop skills to minimize its impact on your health by visiting the Mental Health Care webpage.

Factors that May Affect Your Mental Health Wellness
Anxiety

Individuals living with anxiety live in a world of "what if?" It's often a world of hypervigilance and worst case scenarios.

Stress Stress comes in two varieties: Good stress and bad stress. Life stress involves all mental burdens that affect an individual.
Sexual Trauma Sexual trauma is any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will -- may have been pressured into sexual activities, may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities.
Spirituality Different factors can challenge individuals' long held beliefs. In the face of difficulty, many, often for the first time, will give serious consideration to spiritual concerns. Still others find their life experiences strengthen their belief system, whether it has a spiritual component or not.
Work Work environments and requirements vary significantly. Praiseworthy skills in one occupation may be germane or likely counterproductive in another.

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DoD officials urge troops to seek mental health help without fear

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Breaking the pain cycle

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Study's focus: Mending hearts broken by deaths of military loved ones

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Recognizing the holiday blues

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Breathing techniques

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