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Rock Solid Relationships

Family relationships are crucial resources for Warfighters. Here are some ways you can strengthen your family relationships.

Relationships have the power to be positive or negative forces in our lives – depending on the quality of the relationship. You'll find information here that you can use to create more positive and supportive relationships, and consequently optimize your health.

HPRC Making Decisions [PDF]
Families need to make a lot of decisions and solve a lot of problems together. Sometimes discussions can erupt into fighting rather than progress towards an end result that everyone feels good (enough) about. Check out the guidelines on this downloadable card to improve your chances of getting to a decision or solving a problem.
HPRC Effective Communication [PDF]
Being able to communicate well is essential for happy relationships. When there is something important that you want to talk about with your loved one, the guidelines on this downloadable card can help.
Performance Strategies: Basic Training for Couples—Communication
HPRC offers a set of strategies you can put to work on improving communication with your “significant other.”
Relationship Optimization
“Human Performance Optimization” refers to the Warfighter’s family, too. Here are some practical ideas about how to enhance your family.
Reframe Your “Thinking Traps” for Peak Performance
Sometimes we interpret things in faulty or unproductive ways—behavior called “thinking traps”—that can significantly affect the ability to maintain healthy and strong relationships. However, HPRC offers these Performance Strategies on how to develop alternate, productive, positive thoughts (“cognitive reframing”) that promote effective communication.
Pre-Deployment Resilience Training for Couples—Student Handout [PDF]
This PDF was created for use with the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program, but there are exercises you can use together to enhance your relationship as a couple.
Pre-Deployment Resilience Training for Couples—Instructor Guide [PDF]
Created for Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) instructors, this guide includes valuable notes on the corresponding CSF slide presentation (visit Apps, Tools, Videos).
Post-Deployment Resilience Training for Couples—Student Handout [PDF]
This handout was created for use with the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program, but there are exercises you can use together to enhance your relationship as a couple after deployment.
Post-Deployment Resilience Training for Couples—Instructor Guide [PDF]
Created for Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) instructors, this guide includes valuable notes on the corresponding CSF slide presentation (visit Apps, Tools, Videos).
Relationships for performance optimization
The Warfighter’s family is a crucial support system, yet military families must face special demands and challenges. HPRC offers suggestions on how to keep these relationships healthy and strong.
Performance Strategies: Keeping Strong Family Relationships for Military Life
Maintaining strong family relationships can require some new skills or perspectives over time. Learn some relationship skills that are relevant for many families, but especially for the military lifestyle.