Happy New You!

We all start the new year with big expectations, but a couple of weeks later we’re back to our old familiar ways. Your health, job, relationship or money all affect your wellbeing, so if you’re looking to improve any or all of these, it’s important to start slow and build up gradually.

Your health

We all get stressed or confused, it's quite natural. And in your line of work you may be in difficult, stressful situations for long periods at a time. It's not just the stresses of deployment, sometimes even everyday things can get on top of you. 

Everyone reacts differently depending on their frame of mind, so, if you feel the problem is taking over your life, it's time to get help before the situation gets any worse – from any of these organisations.

Your job

Your job is a very worthwhile and fulfilling one. You have opportunities to learn new skills and work in any number of countries around the world. Remember to plan ahead for deployment and your return, claim for any allowances to help your money go further and be aware of what help is available when you leave the Armed Forces, under whichever circumstances.

Your relationship

The stresses of your job and long periods away from home can cause friction at home. Your spouse or partner may feel they are shouldering the major family burden. Take a look at our Life and family section and talk through things like money worries. See how the military can help you with your children’s childcare and schooling, and even help you buy your own home

Remember to write your will and prepare your In Case of Emergency file; doing this will give you both peace of mind. Your spouse or partner can make friends and gain support from others in a similar situation via Army Hives or Families Federations (Air Force, Army, Navy).

Your money

Of course, at MoneyForce, this is what we we’re here for. The first step is to know how much money is coming in and going out and what you’ve got left over – so start with out Budget planner – it will do the sums for you. 

Once you know the basics, then you can decide how to pay off your debts , save some money for emergencies and bigger more exciting things, like a wedding, your own home or new car

We explain the different types of bank account, credit cards and even the things to avoid, for example payday loans and loan sharks.

Help with any or all of the above

And if you need someone to talk to about any of the above, call The Royal British Legion’s contact centre on 0808 802 8080 or find a pop in centre near you. Their help is free, impartial and confidential. You can find out what support they offer here. If they can’t help, they probably know someone who can. 

Good luck and here’s to a Happy New You!

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