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Commentary | Sept. 16, 2020

Wellness Wednesday Sneak Peek—Resources for personal wellness management

By Keisha Reynolds, MyCG Staff

Let’s face it. During these uncertain times, connecting with your social, physical, and emotional support networks for resources and information, may have fallen by the wayside. This week’s Wellness Wednesday discussion will provide two great resources for you to consider, the new MyCG Web site and the Ombudsman network.   

Please join Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy, deputy of Organizational Communications and MyCG, and Chris Degraw, the ombudsman program manager, on Sept. 16 from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m, EDT, as they discuss highlights of what each resource has to offer. 

Conroy will discuss MyCG, which was recently unveiled in August, and is an information source for topical news, features and profiles, as well as, need-to-know resource links for the total Coast Guard workforce. “MyCG is a very evergreen resource,” said Conroy.  “As we continue to move from COVID-response into everyday life, it is the place to go where everything is centralized and can be accessed quickly and easily from wherever you are.” 

Degraw will explain the basics of the Ombudsman Network—including what it is and how to use your advocates as resources that can guide you to the best assets you may need as a military family member. Degraw will also provide a reminder on the requirement of the Float Plan and information on how to become an ombudsman volunteer yourself.

“It is the essential information that comes down from headquarters, LANT or PAC areas,” described Degraw, “And it’s official,” she added in reference to the unofficial social media and websites out there that sometimes share unvalidated information. For example, “there is a lot of information on unofficial Facebook pages about tax deferral,” she said. For official information about the tax deferral, please check out the most recent article on MyCG.

A peaceful conclusion to this Wellness Wednesday discussion is expected—literally. “I will invite those who are within safe spaces, to join me in a mindfulness meditation and breathing exercise,” said Conroy.

She added, “In times when we have a lot of stress on our minds and we try to process a lot of information all at once, this will be an opportunity to center ourselves. Hopefully it will help people breathe to respond rather than to react.”