As military spouses we often encounter challenges of day-to-day life that our civilian counterparts may never face; deployments, and moving just to name two. These challenges can impact our mood(s), without us consciously realizing it.
In 2014, my hope for you is to thrive in your roles- no matter what they are. Below are some helpful tips that you may find on how to get or stay happy in 2014:
- Take care of you- This can be the hardest thing for a military spouse to do. We are so used to putting the needs of others before our own, so much so that it can become easy to lose where self begins. The cliche that “you have to take care of yourself before you can are for anyone else,” holds true. Make sure that you see your physician for check ups, and don’t be afraid to start talk therapy- even as a preventative measure, if you need too.
- Create a Strong Support System- There are times when it can be easier to isolate yourself, when you are in a depressive mood. But isolating yourself may even further deteriorate your mood. So get out there. Create a support system. And TALK to those that are in your support system, open up and be honest. Those You have chosen as part of your support system are their because you have chosen them. Support Systems can be found in: those within your spouses unit, friends you make through working or volunteering, and family.
- Rebalance- As beings, we encompass: mind, body, and soul. You have to ensure that each component of your being is well cared for. Exercise, your mind and your body. Encourage your soul, meditate or find a church to encourage you.
- Speak Positively to Yourself- We can become our own biggest critics, in the words that we speak to ourselves. Make a conscience effort to speak only positively to yourself in 2014.
In 2014, become the you that others see.