Whole Health Skill-Building: Family, Friends, & Coworkers Name

Whole Health Skill-Building: Family, Friends, & Coworkers Name

Whole Health Skill-Building: Family, Friends, & Coworkers Name of Instructor(s) Date Location Photo: https://www.va.gov/vetdata/veteran_population.asp What we will talk about Different types of relationships How relationship and connection affect health Ways you can build relationships Communication skills How to set a goal related to Family, Friends & Coworkers

Where you can learn even more 2 Lets Discuss: Connections Replace I with We and illness becomes wellness. -Satchitinanda -Satchitinanda 3 The Central Question Who really matters?

4 Zeroing in on Options Make One Small Change Work with an Expert Connect with Loved Ones Family, Friends & Coworkers Relationships

Practice Compassion Connect with Other Veterans and Community Improve Communication Make One Small Change Work with an Expert

Connect with Loved Ones Family, Friends & Coworkers Relationships Practice Compassion Connect with Other Veterans and Community Improve Communication

Discussion Your Connections Answer these questions, as you wish... Who are five of most important people in your life right now? Who can you turn to if you need different types of support? Affection Finances Teaching or mentoring Help with a project (like home repair)

Who turns to you? Share your answers with a partner 7 Significant Others People with a supportive partner had better survival after heart catheterization Men with heart disease who said partner showed their love had less chest pain Photo: medicaldaily.com 8

Animals Animal-assisted therapy has multiple benefits Companion animals and pets can be very healing Anyone here have pets or other animals in your life? Photo: bouderquestretreat.org 9 Try it out!

Demonstration 10 Friends Being able to confide in people is linked to your health Number of confidantes per person has dropped in recent years Technology helps us connect Photo: soldiers.dodlive.mil

Photo: bethesdahealth.org 11 Another Question Are there any relationships you would like to heal? 12 Social Capital The value of being connected You invest in others, they give back to you The balance of favors owed, favors given

More = longer life Twin studies show that twins with more social capital have better mental and physical health Photo: socialcapitalinc.org 13 Make One Small Change Work with an Expert Connect with

Loved Ones Family, Friends & Coworkers Relationships Practice Compassion Connect with Other Veterans and Community Improve Communication

Community is Part of the Circle Your Fellow Veterans Do you connect with other Veterans? How? Volunteering VFW, DAV and other Veteran groups Other groups Photo: mentalhealth.va.gov Classes 16 Giving: Volunteering and More

People who volunteer... Get to help others Live longer Feel a helpers high Feel more of a sense of accomplishment Seem to do better with chronic illnesses Find it helps with depression Have lower heart disease risk Veterans

Veterans love love working working with with other other Veterans! Veterans! Photo credit: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/2224/support-veterans-during-national-volunteer-week/ Even Even ifif you you cant cant volunteer, volunteer, you

you can can do do random random acts acts of of kindness kindness Healthy Groups: A Discussion What groups do you belong to? What groups have you considered joining? - Groups at work - Support groups - Group medial visits - Social media - Community gardens

- Classes - Church/spiritual community - Gyms Photo: gscid.co.za - Others? 18 Make One Small Change Work with an Expert Connect with Loved Ones

Family, Friends & Coworkers Relationships Practice Compassion Connect with Other Veterans and Community Improve Communication Communication

Tips for Communication 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Listen well Ask and clarify, restate Get out of fixing mode Dont focus just on what you will say next I statements - Use I instead of You - I dont want to do that instead of You shouldnt do that 20

Communication- More tips 6. Listen as much as you speak 7. If you dont know them, pause to introduce yourself 8. Ask what you and they want out of the conversation 9. Stay focused dont ramble 10. Consider their point of view 11. Body language yours and theirs Others? 21 Make One Small Change Work with an Expert

Connect with Loved Ones Family, Friends & Coworkers Relationships Practice Compassion Connect with Other Veterans and Community Improve

Communication Compassion Favorably affects brain function Alters gene expression too Helps us connect Photo: Skydharma.com 23 Connection VA Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_xePHtOFJs&feature=youtu.be Reflections on the Video

Get into groups of 3 or 4 and discuss: What struck you in this video? What feelings came up for you? Did an of the people in the video really stand out for you? What might the words above your head say right now if you were in the video? Did you feel compassion watching this video? What does that feel like? 25 Mindful Awareness: Loving-Kindness Photo: pickthebrain.com There are many ways

mindful awareness can tie in to relationships This exercise asks you to focus outward as well as inward What do you notice? 26 Make One Small Change Work with an Expert Connect with

Loved Ones Family, Friends & Coworkers Relationships Practice Compassion Connect with Other Veterans and Community Improve Communication

Social Workers and Others can Experts in Action! Suggest community resources Link people with support groups Help with intimate partner violence Assist with benefits and services Share couples and family counseling options (or offer the counseling themselves) Teach communication skills

Photo: socialwork.va.gov Make One Small Change Work with an Expert Connect with Loved Ones Family, Friends & Coworkers Relationships Practice Compassion

Connect with Other Veterans and Community Improve Communication Set a Goal! Make One Small Change Photo: herbhand.wordpress.com All the topics we have talked about can guide you Build a relationship Make a friend

Join a group Work on communication Get expert help Practice compassion There are many small changes you can make. Examples: Go to a Veteran event Be active in your community the arts, sporting events, local courses Set aside time each week to call/ contact someone you havent see for a while Use social media (wisely) 30

Your Turn Work with a partner Take turns Each person will come up with a goal related to Family, Friends & Coworkers You will be invited to share yours with the group, if you wish Photo: blogs.va.gov 31 Setting Goals Seven steps in goal setting

1. Identify the goal 2. Know the benefits 3. Know obstacles 4. List skills and knowledge needed 5. Identify who can help 6. Develop a plan (SMART) 7. Set a timeline and next steps SMART Goals Specific Measurable Action-based Realistic Time-bound

32 Family, Friends & CoworkersSumming Up 1. There are many options. Where do you want to start? 2. Start by focusing on what and who - matters most to you 3. This might involve building new relationships, or repairing old ones 4. Reach out to someone. It takes courage but so does serving in the military. Youve got this! 5. Join a group of people with similar interests 6. Ask for help from social workers and others if you need it 7. Take it one step at a time 33 Thanks!

Photo: vahomeloangure.com 34

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