Just Roll With It: 7 Battle-Tested Truths for Building a Resilient Life
In this radically honest book, author Sarah Plummer Taylor invites readers to strip away the excuses we so often give ourselves, and instead gaze boldly at our own souls, pain, intuition, and capacity for growth. She inspires us to take courageous and compassionate action on our own behalf. Plummer Taylor’s personal story, shared in the form of gripping yet often playful narratives, is woven together with universal truths that empower as much as they inspire. She speaks from her own experience as a U.S. Marine veteran who repeatedly deployed to combat zones, as a military Olympian, as a survivor of the fires of America’s broken judicial system, and as a thriving and joyful wellness coach. With practical tips and suggestions, she guides readers from “I don’t know how to change,” to “I can take action in my life.” Dig into thought-provoking meditations and challenge yourself with each chapter’s personal development assignments.
Stopping Military Suicides: Veteran Voices to Help Prevent Deaths
As suicides among members of the U.S. military and veterans continue at a rate higher than in the general population—at least 20 each day—authors and Marines Kate Hendricks Thomas and Sarah Plummer Taylor present a call for a new approach to this public health crisis. The book details a plan to establish preventative training for mental fitness that will help psychologically “vaccinate” service members against depression and PTSD, the most common precursors to suicidal thoughts. Each topic addressed is illustrated with stories from veterans. Part of the solution, the authors explain, is to present prevention as something for all service members, and as a positive, strength-building, challenging activity for champions, as opposed to a post-trauma treatment only for “weak and broken” warriors.
Just Roll With It: A 30-Day Wellness Journal
Goal accomplishment requires focused attention and intention. One of the best ways to meet a goal is to write it down, and journaling can help you stay on track. Not sure what your goals should be? The personal assessments will show you where your wellness gaps are at present, and guide you towards making changes and choices that will promote real happiness and holistic health. This is a journal like none you have ever tried! Full of health tips and motivation, this guide will help you make healthy and lasting changes in how you are honoring your individual health on every level. Check-in with yourself using this month-long holistic wellness journal.
Invisible Veterans: What Happens When Military Women Become Civilians Again
The very word veteran calls to mind the image of a man. Yet there are currently over 2 million women veterans in the United States. Many of these women served in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their participation throughout the spectrum of military operations, including in combat, is a first in our nation’s history. We’ve heard a small number of their war stories and the debate about combat integration and registering for the draft has riveted Sunday morning talk show hosts. However, their unique experiences reintegrating into society after military service have yet to be recorded, examined, and told. Invisible Veterans works to make those experiences visible. A powerful team of contributors lend their research and personal stories to this volume.
Bulletproofing the Psyche: Preventing Mental Health Problems in Our Military and Veterans
Anyone can learn to be more resilient. Bulletproofing the Psyche: Preventing Mental Health Problems in Our Military and Veterans editors have pulled together a team of leaders in the fields of security studies, social work, public health, and veterans’ health practice to outline the case for such skills-building. Mental fitness training methods include body-based protocols long used in the treatment sector to rewire brains after trauma. Weaving together personal stories from military veterans and the latest in holistic behavioral medicine research, this book offers a call to action and health for those interested in peak performance.
Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans
Created by the Yoga Service Council in collaboration with the Omega Institute, this work is the product of an innovative 18-month project involving leaders in various fields: yoga, mindfulness, veterans’ affairs, military operations and culture, traditional and integrative medicine, clinical psychology, trauma therapy, social work, social research, nonprofit management, and more. Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans synthesizes this wealth of knowledge to gather over 100 Best Practice guidelines for teaching yoga to veterans in ways that are safe, effective, sustainable, socially equitable, and responsive to the particularities of the military experience. Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans is designed to help not only yoga teachers wanting to work with veterans, but also individuals in the medical field working with veterans and veteran family members, as well as VA administrators, and veterans’ organizations.