• James Robinson CFP


Permanent Change of Station (PCS) & End of Terminal Service (ETS) related stress is at a minimum as United States Armed Forces servicemembers approach the end of the year. However, holiday stress rears its ugly head as they shop and travel during the holidays.

Good news…reading can help reduce stress.

Many passionate readers will tell you so. In fact, several years ago; Galaxy Chocolate (UK) commissioned research on reading in order to launch a campaign to give away one million books over a six months period. The research was carried out on a group of volunteers by consultancy Mindlab International at the University of Sussex, a public research university in Falmer, Sussex, England.

Here’s what they found:

  • Reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds, according to new research.

  • Reading can reduce stress levels by 68 percent, according to the University of Sussex research.

And it works better and faster than other methods to calm frazzled nerves such as listening to music, going for a walk or settling down with a cup of tea, the research found.

Psychologists believe this is because the human mind must concentrate on reading and the distraction of being taken into a literary world eases the tensions in muscles and the heart.

The best part about reading as stress relief is that there is no stress in choosing what to read or when. Read as you take a bus or train to the mall to do holiday shopping. Stuck in traffic as you head out to shop? Take a book to read while your spouse or shopping buddy drive.

Choose something that you truly enjoy. If it is a military, crime, suspense or self-help book that makes you happy and calm…that will work too.

Whether you are stuck on the highway in holiday gridlock traffic; or in mind-blowing delays on the train or at the airport., reading can help reduce the stress.

Every year, over 190,000 United States Armed Forces service members transition from the military. Many experts agree that a great percentage of transitioning military personal do not feel fully prepared financially as they transition their families and enter the civilian job market. Our United States Armed Forces servicemembers and veterans deserve and should expect product neutral and conflict free financial information. This will enable and empower our servicemembers to make independent financial decisions and informed choices as they transition to the civilian world. As equally important as they raise families, save for children’s college educations, save for retirement, and build individual wealth.

‘Your Financial Life after Military Service’ guide is a great tool to confirm that the transitioning military service member know the path and is walking the path to a sustainable 12-month post separation spending plan.

‘Your Financial Life after Military Service’ guide is also a great resource for Veterans. It will serve as a compass to confirm that the Veteran has not strayed too far from the path of a household budget that sustains the financial goals and needs of their family.

Your Financial Life after Military Service’ guide is a great read and stress reducer. So, grab a copy and keep it handy in your vehicle.

By the way, I am going to say it…DON’T READ or DRINK while driving. While I am at it… DON’T TEXT! There…I said it. 😊

Get your copy now…at Amazon and all fine bookstores online.

We thank you for your service. We have served us…now let us serve you. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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