Health & Wellness
Good health is critical to military and family readiness, allowing service members to perform their responsibilities at work and at home to the best of their abilities. While Military OneSource does not provide direct health care services, it provides resources that can help you maintain good health. Check out our fresh, practical content on healthy living and more.
Self-injury is deliberate harm inflicted on a person's own body. It may include cutting or burning the skin, preventing wounds from healing, slamming fists or other parts of the body against hard objects or pulling out hair. Self-injury is an unhealthy way to cope with painful feelings like anger, anxiety, sadness, depression, emptiness, guilt and self-hatred. It can become addictive, and the deeper the involvement, the more difficult it is for a person to stop.
Helping You and Your Family Survive a Suicide
Surviving the suicide of a loved one is different than a “natural death” and can be especially traumatic. It is common for survivors to feel that they didn’t do enough to save their loved one, creating feelings of what is called “survivor guilt.” Suicide is a personal choice and no one’s fault. As you wrestle with your feelings, do your best to be kind to yourself. There is no "right" way to grieve the loss of someone who died by suicide. Your feelings are yours and yours alone and everyone grieves differently. Here are some tips to help you survive the loss of someone who died by suicide.
Becoming a Caregiver for a Wounded, Ill or Injured Service Member
When your spouse or loved one suffers a severe injury or debilitating illness, it can feel as if your entire world has been turned upside down — and the goals and plans you had for yourself, your marriage and your family go on hold.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
People who live through a traumatic event sometimes suffer its effects long after the real danger has passed. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
The Military Medical Evaluation Process
The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs have simplified and streamlined the medical evaluation process for service members and their families through the creation of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System. Additionally, your Physical Evaluation Board liaison officer acts as your main intermediary during the process, providing valuable guidance and serving as a patient advocate.
Fitness Classes With Morale, Welfare and Recreation
From high-intensity aerobic workouts to relaxing yoga, your installation's fitness center has classes for everyone, at every level. Classes are available for little or no cost to anyone who can access the gym through the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.
Mental Health Matters in the Military
Just as physical fitness is a central part of military life, good mental health is as important for your well-being, and military and family readiness. Mental health challenges and issues shouldn't be ignored or hidden. There are lots of resources available to help anyone suffering get diagnosed and get better.
Understanding and Identifying Substance Use Disorders
Understanding and identifying a substance use problem, whether your own or that of a friend, can be the beginning of a better life. Learn how to identify the warning signs of substance use disorders and where to get help.
Follow These Stress Relief Tips
Some stress in your life is healthy. It can motivate you to change behavior and develop skills, especially in military life.
How to Be Healthy Through the Holidays
Don’t let the hectic holiday schedule and party foods derail your health, nutrition and fitness goals. Sure, you want to have fun, but not so much you regret it come New Year’s Day.
Why It’s Important to Know Your Family’s Medical History
Genes impact more than just eye color and height. They also play a big part in your health. The health of your family members and their medical conditions, past and present, could have a big impact on you, and it's worth finding out as much as you can.
How to Drive Safely at Home After Combat Duty
The driving habits that kept you safe under threat can be dangerous to you and others now that you're home. Reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others by retraining yourself to drive in normal conditions.
Does Receiving Psychological Health Care Affect Security Clearance?
The Department of Defense wants you to know that getting help for a psychological issue is a sign of strength. Speaking up can be a sign of good judgment, responsible behavior and a commitment to performance.
7 Postpartum Fitness Tips for New Moms
Congratulations on the new addition to your family and welcome to motherhood. Your body has been through many changes and you may not feel comfortable in your postpartum body. That's perfectly normal.
The Road Ahead at Home and Work
As a wounded warrior, you deserve the easiest possible transition from military to civilian life. A severe injury does change the way you live your life, but it does not have to change the course of your career or the quality of your home life.
Physical Activity Initiatives, Promising Practices, Tools and Resources
A fit and healthy fighting force is the foundation of a strong national defense. In the United States, poor nutrition, obesity, lack of physical fitness and tobacco use pose a growing threat to the military’s four “Rs”: recruitment, retention, readiness and resilience.
Make Active Living a Priority to Improve Family Fitness
Staying fit is part of the military lifestyle, but that doesn't mean it's easy. If you’re struggling to embrace an active lifestyle, remember there are lots of choices out there.