FAMILYGRAM 03-12 – SAILOR AND FAMILY RESILIENCE

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NAVADMIN 176/12

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SUBJ/FAMILYGRAM 03-12 - SAILOR AND FAMILY RESILIENCE//



RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN DISCUSSES TOOLS TO REGAIN BALANCE IN THE PRESENCE OF 
STRESS.  NAVY'S 21ST CENTURY SAILOR AND MARINE INITIATIVE ENCOMPASSES FIVE 
FOCUS AREAS DESIGNED TO BUILD RESILIENCE AND WAR FIGHTING CAPABILITY IN OUR 
FORCE:  READINESS, SAFETY, PHYSICAL FITNESS, INCLUSION, AND CONTINUUM OF 
SERVICE.  IN THE NAVY, RESILIENCE IS DEFINED AS THE "CAPACITY TO WITHSTAND, 
RECOVER, GROW, AND ADAPT IN THE FACE OF STRESSORS AND CHANGING DEMANDS." 

2.  THE FOLLOWING FOUR TOOLS PROVIDE TANGIBLE CHOICES TO IMPROVE YOUR 
RESILIENCE:
    A.  MAINTAIN YOUR BODY FOR ITS UNIQUE OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE. 
        (1) EAT DELIBERATELY.  WE DECIDE WHAT WE CONSUME AND HOW WE TAKE CARE 
OF OUR BODIES.  BALANCED AND NUTRITIOUS MEALS WITH MODERATE PORTIONS HELP FUEL 
THE BODY.  MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES.
        (2) GET ENOUGH SLEEP.  SLEEP IS CRITICAL TO PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL 
WELL-BEING.  FIND WAYS TO "WIND DOWN" AND PREPARE YOUR BODY FOR REST. 
        (3) MAKE EXERCISE A HABIT.  REGULAR EXERCISE HELPS YOU PHYSICALLY AND 
IMPROVES YOUR MOOD.  IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN EXERCISING, CHECK WITH YOUR 
PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING AN EXERCISE PROGRAM.
    B.  DEVELOP POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS.  
        (1) NURTURE AT LEAST ONE TRUSTED FRIEND.  A STRONG POSITIVE 
RELATIONSHIP CAN HELP ACHIEVE PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS.  A FRIEND CAN 
PROVIDE SUPPORT, INFLUENCE PERSONAL GROWTH, AND PROVIDE A SOURCE OF STRENGTH 
DURING DIFFICULT TIMES.  
        (2) CONNECT BY SOCIAL MEDIA.  IT IS A METHOD TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH 
FRIENDS WHO LIVE AROUND THE WORLD; HOWEVER, IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR FACE-
TO-FACE COMMUNICATION.  REMEMBER 7 PERCENT OF COMMUNICATION IS COMPRISED OF 
THE ACTUAL WORDS WE USE WHICH MEANS 93 PERCENT IS BODY LANGUAGE AND THE TONE 
OF OUR WORDS WHICH IS NOT CAPTURED IN SOCIAL MEDIA.
    C.  MANAGE YOUR FINANCES - DON'T LET THEM MANAGE YOU. DEVELOP AND FOLLOW A 
BUDGET.  FINANCES CAN BE A MAJOR FAMILY STRESSOR.  NAVADMIN 377/11 CONTAINS 
FINANCIAL PLANNING TIPS. 
    D.  CONSIDER YOUR SPIRITUAL WELLNESS.  A TALK WITH A CHAPLAIN, MENTOR OR 
TRUSTED ADVISOR CAN BE A GREAT OUTLET FOR STRESS REDUCTION AND RESILIENCY.  
VISIT HTTP://CHAPLAINCARE.NAVY.MIL/ FOR SUPPORT.

3.  STRESS IS A FACT OF LIFE.  IT IS NORMAL AND IT CAN HELP YOU EXCEL AND 
SUCCEED, BUT THERE IS A POINT WHEN STRESS MAY IMPACT YOUR ABILITY TO COPE.  
INJURIES MAY OCCUR AFTER PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO STRESSFUL SITUATIONS.  WHEN IT 
BECOMES OVERBEARING TO YOUR WELL-BEING, ASK FOR ASSISTANCE.  ASKING FOR HELP 
IS A SIGN OF STRENGTH AND A COMMITMENT TO YOURSELF TO PERFORM AT YOUR OPTIMAL 
LEVEL.  FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND CO-WORKERS PROVIDE SUPPORT, BUT THERE ARE TIMES 
WHEN SOMEONE WITH MORE EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILL IS BETTER SUITED TO 
FACILITATE REGAINING OUR BALANCE, ADAPTING TO LIFE EVENTS AND CHANGES, AND 
LEARNING FROM OUR EXPERIENCES.  THE OPERATIONAL STRESS CONTROL CONTINUUM IS A 
KEY ASSET FOR DETERMINING WHAT LEVEL OF SUPPORT IS NEEDED.  INFORMATION ON THE 
STRESS CONTINUUM AND STRESS ZONES IS AVAILABLE AT 
HTTP://NAVYNAVSTRESS.COM/CATEGORY/STRESS-ZONES/.

4.  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES.    
    A.  FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTERS (FFSC).  IN ADDITION TO INDIVIDUAL 
AND FAMILY COUNSELING, YOUR LOCAL FFSC OFFERS CLASSES IN STRESS MANAGEMENT, 
LIFE SKILLS, AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT TAUGHT BY ACCREDITED COUNSELORS AND 
EDUCATORS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION: HTTP://WWW.FFSP.NAVY.MIL/.
    B.   NAVAL CENTER FOR COMBAT AND OPERATIONAL STRESS CONTROL IMPROVES THE 
PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH OF MARINES AND SAILORS THROUGH COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS 
THAT EDUCATE SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO BUILD RESILIENCE, AID 
RESEARCH, AND PROMOTE BEST PRACTICES IN THE TREATMENT OF COMBAT AND 
OPERATIONAL STRESS INJURIES.  FOR MORE INFORMATION:  WWW.NCCOSC.NAVY.MIL/.
    C.  OPERATIONAL STRESS CONTROL BLOG. HTTP://NAVYNAVSTRESS.COM/. PROVIDES 
OFFICIAL INFORMATION, DOWNLOADS AND LINKS TO TOOLS, RESOURCES, AND RESEARCH 
REGARDING FAMILY RESILIENCE.  
    D.  FOCUS (FAMILIES OVERCOMING UNDER STRESS) IS A NAVY PROGRAM THAT 
PROVIDES RESILIENCY TRAINING TO MILITARY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. WITH 
RESILIENCY TRAINING, CHILDREN AND FAMILIES LEARN NOT JUST TO MEET CHALLENGES, 
BUT ALSO TO BECOME STRONGER.  "FOCUS" TEACHES PRACTICAL SKILLS TO MEET THE 
CHALLENGES OF DEPLOYMENT AND REINTEGRATION, TO COMMUNICATE, SOLVE PROBLEMS 
EFFECTIVELY, AND SUCCESSFULLY SET GOALS TOGETHER.  VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT 
HTTP://FOCUSPROJECT.ORG/.
    E.  PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH OUTREACH PROGRAM (PHOP) IS A NAVY MEDICINE 
OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR RESERVISTS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS.  THESE TEAMS OF 
MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS, EMBEDDED AT EACH REGIONAL COMMAND, ARE EXPERTS IN 
HELPING YOU FIND THE APPROPRIATE LOCAL SERVICES TO ADDRESS YOUR CONCERNS.  
THEY CAN BE REACHED BY PHONE, EMAIL OR VISIT THEIR WEBPAGE ON THE NAVY RESERVE 
WEBSITE FOR YOUR REGIONAL PHOP TEAM'S CONTACT INFORMATION AT 
HTTP://WWW.NAVYRESERVE.NAVY.MIL/PAGES/PHOP.ASPX/.  NAVY OPERATIONAL SUPPORT 
CENTER (NOSC) LEADERSHIP IS ALSO AN IMPORTANT RESOURCE FOR OUR NAVY RESERVE 
FAMILIES.  
    F.  RETURNING WARRIOR WORKSHOP (RWW) IS A YELLOW RIBBON REINTEGRATION 
PROGRAM EVENT TO ASSIST SAILORS AND THEIR DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE WITH 
REUNION AND REINTEGRATION AFTER DEPLOYMENT.   RWWS ARE HELD IN VARIOUS CITIES 
ACROSS THE COUNTRY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.  MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT 
HTTP://WWW.PUBLIC.NAVY.MIL/IA/DOCUMENTS/RWW_DATES.PDF.
    G.  THE NEW PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAM PROVIDES INFORMATION, VISITATION, 
SUPPORT, AND GUIDANCE TO EXPECTANT PARENTS AND PARENTS WITH CHILDREN LESS THAN 
THREE YEARS OLD.  NEW PARENT SUPPORT PROMOTES POSITIVE PARENT-CHILD 
INTERACTIONS AND HEALTHY FAMILY FUNCTIONING THROUGH VOLUNTARY HOME VISITS MADE 
BY TRAINED STAFF FROM FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTERS.  FIND OUT MORE AT THE 
FFSC WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.FFSP.NAVY.MIL/ AND SELECT THE "WHAT WE DO" DROP 
DOWN MENU.  THEN SELECT "FLEET AND FAMILY READINESS", "FAMILY READINESS" AND 
"FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAMS".

5.  THE 21ST CENTURY SAILOR SUCCESSFULLY TACKLES CHALLENGES.  NAVY EQUIPS 
SAILORS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO MEET PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS BY FOSTERING 
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES AND BUILDING THE RESILIENCE OF OUR FORCE.

6.  POINT OF CONTACT IS MS. BETTY TALLEY, OPNAV N135F, AT COMM (901) 874-4299 
(DSN 882) OR VIA E-MAIL AT BETTY.TALLEY(AT)NAVY.MIL.

7.  RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL S. R. VAN BUSKIRK, N1.//

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