Lack of time plays a large role in the struggle to maintain a regular exercise routine. The unpredictable schedule of first responders can make fitting in a workout even more challenging. Continuous exercise for as little as five minutes, can be beneficial to retain (and even improve) muscular strength and cardiovascular health. Dr.
The IAFF Center of Excellence issued a recent article that discussed four factors to help support the spouses of paramedics. Being the spouse of paramedics can be extremely tough and these four pointers can help build harmonious and supportive relationships. The four pointers shared in the article are:
1) Loneliness Is to Be Expected
2) Sometimes, You'll Feel Like You Take a Backseat to Your Spouse's Crew
3) The Biggest Threats to Your Spouse's Health are Invisible
4) It's Okay to Ask for Help
It is important that we put our mask on first before assisting others with their mask. Afterall, we can't fully be there for others if we can't be there for ourselves.
In the wake of some serious losses within the Fire family over the past month, it is important that we continue to take care of ourselves and each other. An awesome article is attached that defines self-care and discusses the importance of practicing self-care as a Firefighter.
Body composition measurements are a useful tool to evaluate health and fitness. There are many methods to calculate these values but very few are reliable. Electronic scales, calipers (“pinchers”), and handheld body fat estimators are low-cost but do not provide accurate results.
Check out this PowerPoint presentation from the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue. According to the presentation, the fire fighter population is at high risk for suicide, with divorce, trauma, and stress being common risk factors.
We recognize that many of you are doing a great job practicing self-care. So, we thought it’d be helpful to provide some self-care tactics to those who are already practicing a good amount of self-care or who just want to go that extra mile!
Depression is a mood disorder. In its more severe form, it can be referred to as Clinical Depression and/or Major Depressive Disorder.
What You Should Know
No two people experience depression the same. Even people with a few symptoms that cause distress in their lives may benefit from treatment.
Anyone, no matter how low or how severe the symptoms, can get treatment & support at any time.
It’s very cliché these days to hear health care professionals say, “Make sure you are taking care of yourself.” The first few times you hear something like that you might stop and think, “OK, I have to take care of myself.