Be Okay with Less than 100%
Some days, you can’t be the perfect everything to everyone all the time. Be okay with that and accept yourself—flaws and all.
If you need to, reduce your schedule or responsibilities to make sure that you can care for yourself and your family first.
Do Something for Yourself
Your needs are important, too. And that can be easily forgotten during deployment. Take time to practice a little self-care.
If that means getting a babysitter so you can sit in the bathtub and read a trashy novel, do it.
If it means getting more sleep, do it.
If it means committing to a healthier lifestyle, or conversely, eating some chocolate (or an entire tub of icing…not like I did that or anything…) do it.
Get out of your house and get moving. Find a physical activity you enjoy—it doesn’t matter if it’s lifting weights with the CrossFit crew or going for a walk with your twins in the stroller—and then commit to it.
Work it into your schedule.
The burst of endorphins and the change of scenery will do you good.
Take Social Media with a Grain of Salt
Social media is both a godsend for military spouses and the devil. It’s great for staying connected with everyone easily…but it’s also so easy to feel jealous and left out.
Remember, social media is a curated feed of people’s lives—it’s their highlight reel.
It doesn’t always reflect the day-to-day struggles and challenges that everyone faces.