Wellness Coaching


Transitioning From Military Life To Civilian Life Can Be An Arduous Journey

familyReturning home after serving in the military often causes veterans to feel lost, lonely, worthless and estranged from their loved ones and personal goals. To many veterans, it can seem as though time stopped when they served, and now that they are home, they can’t catch up to the profound changes in the world around them. Their spouses, their children, the job market and their communities may appear completely different and unwelcoming. After being immersed in military culture, they may also struggle to communicate in their family relationships or at their jobs. It’s possible that returning veterans feel bored after being discharged because military life presented them with a purpose and excitement each day. More than anything, veterans may wish they could return to an environment where they feel comfortable and able to build a meaningful life.

Whether a veteran recently returned from duty or was discharged many years ago, he or she may still struggle to find a comfortable place in his or her family and community. Each day may be filled with confusion about how to start and maintain an enjoyable civilian life. Struggling to get back to how they lived prior to their service, veterans may feel irritable, angry, lonely and stuck. Veterans faced with PTSD-related fears and anxiety, substance abuse or homelessness, may feel hopeless in efforts to regain a sense of stability and purpose. Overwhelmed with painful memories or intense addictions, veterans may not be able to focus on spending quality time with their loved ones or pursuing their interests. Even after finding relief from PTSD and substance abuse, veterans may still isolate themselves from their spouses, children, peers and communities. Holding a steady job may also be difficult for veterans because they may not see the same value in their civilian work. Many have difficulty communicating with coworkers or supervisors and can struggle with PTSD symptoms throughout the day, impacting their work performance. At night, overwhelming thoughts about their past and future may race through their minds, causing them to lose sleep and feel even more irritable and unmotivated the following day.


It’s Common To Feel Lost And Confused After Returning From Service

The differences between military culture and civilian culture are profound. Military life is full of structure and strict communication rules, whereas civilian life has very little structure and different communication values. When soldiers return from duty and begin life as civilians, it’s very common for them to struggle with prioritizing their goals and staying connected in their important relationships. Without the structure of the military, many veterans find it hard to independently focus on their own growth and enjoyment. In addition, communication practices are often much more direct and logical in the military world. Once they return home, veterans may struggle to communicate their emotional needs to their partners, family members or coworkers because these types of emotional conversations were less common during their time in the military.

The good news is that wellness coaching with skilled, compassionate support professionals can help veterans assess their needs and goals in order to take the necessary steps to live a connected and enjoyable life.


Find Direction And Satisfaction Through Wellness Coaching For Veterans

During Bodhi Battalion’s wellness coaching for veterans sessions, our network of professional service providers can help you or your loved one work toward achieving personal goals, maintaining independence and establishing meaningful, healthy relationships.

Often the first step in building wellness in a veteran’s life is assessing whether or not he or she is in need of reliable housing, PTSD counseling, health care or substance abuse treatment. If so, the Bodhi Battalion will help guide the veteran through one or more of our many community resources so he or she can first gain physical and emotional stability before digging deeper into his or her goals.

Once veterans are adequately housed and have taken the steps to start living a sober and healthy lifestyle, we will work together to understand and prioritize their personal values in life, whether they involve spending more time with their loved ones or getting ahead in their careers. Our sessions will focus on pinpointing strategies for improving their lives based on their individual goals – a balanced way to integrate the structure of military life and the freedom of civilian life.

Wellness coaching may incorporate a variety of techniques and strategies, such as mindfulness, motivational exercises and communication tips. Mindfulness practices can be very beneficial for veterans who seek to focus on the joy and calm of the present moment, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Motivational exercises can help veterans gain a deeper understanding of what they want to accomplish in life and what they need to achieve it.

For veterans who struggle to build connections with their loved ones, our professional service providers can offer them communication strategies to establish meaningful bonds with their spouses, children or other family members. We can also provide guidance on a variety of specific questions returning veterans may have, such as “How can I go back to school?”, “What should I be aware of if I attend this social event?” or “How can I get a promotion at work?”

Returning from service is such a difficult life transition that it’s very common for veterans to start to feel overwhelmed or hopeless about the future. But, with the expert guidance offered during wellness coaching, veterans can find the support and tools they need to relearn what it means to be a motivated, connected and joyful individual.


Common concerns about wellness coaching for veterans


Wellness coaching sounds like therapy. I’ve completed therapy already.

If you have already completed PTSD therapy and/or substance abuse treatment, you may be wary of signing up for another type of “therapy” session. While working through therapy sessions and maintaining your sobriety can be difficult processes, wellness coaching is focused more on building on your successes to create a more rewarding and positive life. The goals you develop and attain during coaching sessions can help you find daily happiness in many areas of your life.


Is wellness coaching really necessary? I think I can set my own goals

Even though you may have already developed personal life goals, it can be difficult to follow through with them or build on them, especially if you feel cut off from resources or unsure which steps to take. Wellness coaching can help you give intention to your interests and passions, as well as identify new goals that you can grow towards as you move forward in life. It is important to maintain your own self-motivated goals and values so you do not feel the need to resort to negative patterns. The guidance of the Bodhi Battalion can give you the chance to learn more about yourself and continually adapt to life changes – all while focusing on the joy and possibility in life.


I don’t think I have the time for wellness coaching for veterans.

If you feel like you are not making the most of your life now that you have completed your service, it is always important to prioritize yourself and your needs. Spending the time on your personal wellness help you not only build a rewarding life each day but also strengthen your resilience to possible future obstacles. Wellness coaching is a positive step toward taking your life to the next level and enjoying every Live With Intention, Joy And Meaning moment.


Fill In The Gaps To Live A Full Life

If you are interested in learning more about wellness coaching for veterans, please contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the coaching process, as well as other ways we can help you or your veteran get necessary assistance.

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familyReturning home after serving in the military often causes veterans to feel lost, lonely, worthless and estranged from their loved ones and personal goals. To many veterans, it can seem as though time stopped when they served, and now that they are home, they can’t catch up to the profound changes in the world around them. Their spouses, their children, the job market and their communities may appear completely different and unwelcoming. After being immersed in military culture, they may also struggle to communicate in their family relationships or at their jobs. It’s possible that returning veterans feel bored after being discharged because military life presented them with a purpose and excitement each day. More than anything, veterans may wish they could return to an environment where they feel comfortable and able to build a meaningful life.