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Take Back Your Night

I’ve had trouble getting to sleep. And I’ve had nightmares. But I’ve never been afraid to go to sleep because of chronic nightmares, like some service members and vets and others exposed to trauma. Those kinds of nightmares often replay the actual events that were experienced, rather than more hypothetical scenarios, so they seem even more real.

Resilience Makes a Half-Empty Glass Seem Half-Full

To build resilience in your family, you need to model what they need to learn. Even those of us who tend to look on the bright side of things have a hard time when we’re feeling challenged or overwhelmed. In fact, our brains are even wired with a negative bias (perhaps as a survival instinct) that makes us pay more attention to hurdles than solutions. What we don’t realize in those moments is that we’re selling ourselves short by overlooking the strengths and tools that we’ve already developed to overcome difficulties.

Food for Thought... About Nutrition, Performance, Resiliency and Recovery

Eating nutritious foods is good for us physically. But can nutrition affect our psychological health? Can what a person eats affect their mood? The military is actually very interested in nutrition—in fact, the topic is one of the Military Health System’s themes for March. Good nutrition can maximize a service member’s level of performance, improve their resiliency and play a role in medical recovery—and keeping their families healthy supports them as well.

A Skeptic Learns from Deepak Chopra - at a Military Health Conference

Dr. Julie Kinn with Dr. Deepak Chopra at DoD/VA Resilience Conference

While attending the first-ever Military and VA Resiliency Summit in San Diego last month, I had two epiphanies while listening to keynote speaker Dr. Deepak Chopra:

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