We just celebrated Military Spouses Day & as a military spouse, I know it can be hard to find time for self-care – especially when you have no family close by to help with your children.
Yet, self-care is an absolute must for a military spouse.
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If a military spouse is blessed to live on a military installation, it may be easier to find other women to spend time with and swap babysitting with than living away from a military installation.
Military Spouses Day – 6 Things To Start
My husband is a full-time Army Reservist so other than our first tour, we have not lived on a military installation.
From 1997 to 2004, my husband serves as a reservist and I was frequently at home alone with our four children.
I will never forget how after giving birth to our daughter in 2002, I had to try to recover from the delivery while taking care of our four children by myself frequently.
Our oldest son is now almost twenty-four years old, but I still remember those early years in the military clearly.
Here are 6 tips for finding time for self-care when your military spouse is away :
- Find other families to connect with so you can swap watching each other’s children which allows both of you to do errands or other necessary things.
- Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help.
- Even if you have to put in a movie or use some other type of electronic gadget to occupy your children, make sure to have some alone time.
- Utilize older siblings to watch their siblings.
- Realize that while your children may be young, it will not last long (trust me time has flown by and our oldest will be turning 24 this year, and our youngest will turn 18).
- When your spouse is around, be sure to take advantage of that to do things that interest you.
Having a spouse who serves full-time in the Army Reserves, we have only one duty station where we were on a military installation.
For the rest of the time, we have lived in communities that truly have no idea of what military life is like.
I discovered that is okay as well.
Finding a community of like-minded people is more important than necessarily having everything in common like having ties to the military.
So in this month of celebrating all of the military spouses across all of the branches of service, I want to take a moment to say thank you to all those individuals who have been willing to serve our country and those of us who are back on the home front taking care of our families.
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