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FACTSHEET | March 1, 2022

Quick Guide for Leadership: Sustaining Mental Readiness in the Context of Prolonged Stress

With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, U.S. Soldiers are living in a heightened state of readiness, uncertain how the crisis will evolve. Maintaining the mental fitness and wellbeing of these Soldiers is critical given that persistent physiological and psychological stress (ambiguity, family separation, underlying pressure, problems outside of their control, etc.) can diminish motivation, wellbeing, and psychological health.

This Quick Guide highlights strategies that can protect mental health, bolster resilience, and maintain mental readiness. Leaders can reinforce these strategies as part of their routine touchpoints.