As we move into the new year, this is the time that many of us start new years resolutions or focus on ways that we want to make this year the best one yet. Whether you are someone who likes to start January with a list of goals or not, we’d like to suggest taking a moment to think about self-care in 2018.
Self-care isn’t just one thing, and it’s not the same thing in everyone. Basically, self-care means taking time to focus on the things that contribute to your well being. Self-care can be taking a bath, going to the doctor or attending therapy, scheduling thirty minutes for yourself to read at night, or simply taking a walk. In 2018, try making self-care a priority.
See, if you can do something small for yourself every day — even if it’s taking five minutes in the morning to turn your phone off and enjoy your breakfast without thinking of work. Here are a few resources we have to offer to help you prioritize self-care and your mental health in 2018.
Exercise can be a great way to relieve stress or get some time alone during a busy day. All of our military family members have access to a great free resource. Let DFIT.ca be your online personal trainer!
DFIT.ca is a complementary online resource that every military family member can have access to. The site has general fitness tips, customized training programs, learn to run programs, virtual yoga and exercise videos.
“Being active is a great way for families to spend time together and has so many additional benefits,” said Colonel Dan Harris, Director of Military Family Services. “DFIT.ca is a resource designed specifically for our CAF members but offering this program to their families is a great opportunity for families to work together, and synchronize efforts to meet their family goals.”
Best of all, this resource is completely FREE for all family members of serving CAF members, veterans and family of veterans until March 30, 2018.
If you would like to join, visit www.DFIT.ca and click on the “FAMILIES AND VETERANS” button. Click the link to sign up now and register with your CFOne card.
Mental Health Focus
Mental health can have a huge effect on individual and family well being. With a focus on self-care, there are many resources available to the military community that can help get 2018 off to a strong start.
Resource Library. The Calgary MFRC has a resource library open for use by all military family members. The library has books and resources on a variety of topics from mindfulness to raising children to dealing with PTSD. Come into our office to see all the resources available in our library.
Family Information Line. Military families also have access to supportive counseling services seven days a week,
24 hours a day. When someone calls this number (1-800-866-4546), counselors answer and are able to provide supportive counseling as needed. By calling, you will be connected to friendly, experienced professionals who are well-versed in CAF communities and services. If you’d prefer, you can also email the counselors through FIL@CAFconnection.ca.
Family Liaison Officer. The Calgary MFRC has a dedicated staff member who is here to support families coping with an illness, injury, death or special need. If you would like more information about the FLO, contact us.
Veterans Affairs Canada Assistance Line. There is also a confidential, 24/7 phone line for all Veterans, their families, and caregivers. This free service focuses on short-term counseling and referrals. You can contact this line at 1-800-268-7708.
If your plans for self-care include spending valuable time with loved ones, or you would like to find things for the youth in your family to focus on, there are several new programs we offer that could help you out with that goal.
Strengthening Families Program. The Strengthening Families Program consists of affordable opportunities for CAF families with children/youth to spend quality time with each other through social and recreational activities.The Strengthening Families Program will be offered twice per quarter. For information and dates check out our website or sign up for our email newsletter.
Youth in Motion. This new Calgary MFRC program is designed to promote social, psychological and physical wellness through recreational activities. The Calgary MFRC invites youth ages 12 to 17 to join us for weekend getaways and day trips to explore new destinations and make new friends. To learn more about the upcoming events, look at our website or sign up for our email newsletter.
We hope that 2018 will be great for you and your families. If you are interested in learning more about any of these resources – or finding out about the other resources available to you and your family, please contact us.