While many families are celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday, some families are planning ways to honor, celebrate, and support military spouses on May 12 for Military Spouse Appreciation Day. President Ronald Regan established this special day in 1984 to recognize the countless sacrifices and contributions made by military spouses.
Military spouses face unique stressors and challenges, including frequent moves, long periods of separation from their partners, and supporting a spouse in a dangerous or demanding job. Relocations make building a career or holding a stable job challenging.
Navy veteran and certified health and wellness coach Michael D. Williams of Internal Expressions - Resetting Health and Life in Aldie, Virginia, knows firsthand that prioritizing mental health for military spouses is essential. Here, Michael offers some tips on how military spouses can improve their mental, emotional, and physical health.
Because military spouses often feel isolated, finding a community of people who understand the challenges you’re facing is crucial. Look for a local support group or an online group of military spouses, or reach out to close friends and family to get the connection and moral support you need.
Self-care is important for everyone, but especially for military spouses. Make time for a little self-care every day or a lot of self-care once a week. It could be a daily meditation, weekly yoga class, reading a book, or even taking a needed nap.
If you’re struggling, don’t be embarrassed to see a mental health professional or a health and wellness coach like Michael. Many military institutions offer support services for military spouses.
Whether it’s walking your dog every day or joining a tennis league, exercise is vital to your mental health and well-being. Regular exercise also improves your mood, energy, and sleep quality.
While taking care of your mental health is vital to your well-being and ability to care for yourself and your family, it can’t erase all your worries or obstacles. Be kind to yourself and know that it’s ok to not always be ok.
At Internal Expressions in Aldie, Virginia, we offer various services to help you feel psychologically and physically healthy. Call or book an appointment online with Michael today.