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Insight Timer, a meditation resource

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Stress in the workplace and at home is a reality for many first responders. Left unchecked it could impact your health in negative ways.  Stressors have a major influence upon mood, our sense of well-being, behavior, and health. (Schneiderman, Ironson, Siegel. 2005)

Taking a few minutes each day for yourself can have a great impact on your overall health and wellbeing.

Meditation may actually help to reduce stress, improve focus, mood and even sleep.

How to Study Successfully

Firefighters report that studying for promotion can lead to poor sleep habits, neglecting exercise, and unhealthy dietary choices. These individuals gain weight and see their fitness levels significantly decrease during this time. Many firefighters have difficulty losing the excess weight and regaining their pre-exam fitness level. These changes are often permanent and affect physical performance for the rest of their career.

5 Ways Gratitude Relieves Occupational Stress

'Tis the Season...

This is typically the season where there is a lot of emphasis placed on giving and being with loved ones. While spending time with loved ones and giving can be a great thing, this is also a time that can be extremely triggering, sad, and difficult for many people. It is easy to find oneself stressed and experiencing burnout during this time as well. 

Five Minutes of Fun Workout Program

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.

What Every Paramedic Spouse Should Know

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

Caring for Yourself Before Caring for Others: Practicing Self-Care

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. 

 

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