Transitioning into Fall
Fall can bring lots of new experiences, like settling in to a new home after a summer PCS or starting a new school year. While change can be exciting (and we’re certainly no strangers to it in this military life!) it can also be stressful. Fall is a perfect time to reassess your own mental and physical health, and to find new ways to ensure you’re feeling your best.
One way to feel a little more settled during this time of transition is taking time to do something familiar.
Whether it is preparing a favorite meal, watching a favorite show or movie, or taking a fitness class you love, doing something that is within your comfort zone can help you feel more at home while you adjust to something new.
Finding Fall Activities
While sticking with familiar routines is important, trying new things can also provide a boost to your health.
In many parts of the country, fall is a great time to be outside! With cooler weather and changing leaves, you can take time for yourself while also enjoying the beauty of a fall day with a walk outside, or a hike with family or friends.
Additionally, there are multiple Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs that military families can take advantage of. These include fitness programs, such as yoga classes or access to gyms on base. If you don’t live near an installation, there are multiple YMCAs throughout the United States that offer discounted military memberships (https://www.militaryonesource.mil/recreation-travel-shopping/recreation/fun-and-fitness/morale-welfare-and-recreation-programs-and-eligibility?inheritRedirect=true&redirect=%2Frecreation-travel-shopping%2Frecreation%2Ffun-and-fitness).
Through MWR, you also have access to libraries, arts and crafts programs, and outdoor recreation opportunities to help you unwind (https://www.militaryonesource.mil/recreation-travel-shopping/recreation/fun-and-fitness/morale-welfare-and-recreation-programs-and-eligibility?inheritRedirect=true&redirect=%2Frecreation-travel-shopping%2Frecreation%2Ffun-and-fitness).
Staying Healthy in All Seasons
Fall can be full of change, making it all the more important to ensure that you are taking care of your health and wellness. With these resources, you can ensure that you stay healthy as the seasons change.
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