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All good things must come to an end–but not before we go out with a bang! Welcome to our final installment of tips and tricks on how to survive (and maybe even THRIVE) when the going gets tough as milspouses. (Just joining us? Check out our previous posts in this mini-series by clicking here and here.)
Today, my tip for toughing-it-out survival is once again pretty simple. My go to when I start to feel a bit cray-cray? Get. Some. Rest.
It might sound impossible, but I learned that “rest” can come in a variety of forms, not just catching up on the eleventy-billion hours of sleep you feel like you are behind on. Yes, it’s true that I do try to take some kind of “nap” several days a week. Contrary to popular belief, a nap does not need to be 3 hours long to be effective. Even just lying down for 20-30 minutes will do wonders for my body and soul.
Rest can also be shutting off all the noise in the house and just breathing deep for a few minutes. It could be foregoing the to do list and heading to bed right after the kids hit the hay. Try to take things off your “list” to free up a little more space for margin in your life.
We are a single-income household and when we were recently preparing to birth our second kiddo, we pulled some strings to outsource the “house-cleaning” a couple times a month. Now I have clean toilets AND my stress level is so much lower… AND I have a little bit of time to rest instead of worrying about how long it’s been since I vacuumed.
But again, don’t just take my word for it. Check out the final (awesome) tips contributed from our AWN milspouse readers like you.
When the Going Gets Tough …
“I stay as busy as possible. Not all days are easy and when I do have a bad one I tell myself 5 positive things about my life and repeat them out loud. I’m going thru my first deployment right now, miss my hubby like crazy, but I’m making time for me!” ~Kymberlin L.
“I work out, play with my son and dogs, put my son to sleep for the night and watch my fave tv shows or movies, and drink some wine/hot chocolate (if it’s winter time) and just relax. I call my parents, get a good night’s sleep, make my fave cappuccino, bake something, or even clean the house.” ~Karen A.
“I take some time for myself, especially important if you have kids. Stay busy and visit family (if you can).” ~Mary S.
“I make sure I am working out and eating really well. I also garden and scrapbook.” ~Aly K.
“I go for coffee and find friends to laugh with!” ~Amanda N.
“I focus on my faith. PWOC has been a great support and so has Chapel Next.” ~Lori J.
“I pour my time into something else such as taking these free leadership classes on post (I earned a dual MBA while he was gone), and volunteering at the kids’ school. Also, even if he can’t respond, text him stuff you normally would, jokes, stuff from FB that’s funny, and when he gets the time he can see it and respond.” ~Dina C.
“I hang with friends, Skype with family, work out and go on adventures with the kids.” ~Nicole M.
“I do sewing, shopping, or crafting. Also, just spending time with a great friend helps, or even just alone to think.” ~Lanitha W.
“I work out, take bubble baths, and lean on my Army sisters, the Ferguson Street Friends! We all met at Campbell and are in constant contact thanks to Facebook messenger. We all take care of one another even though we are no longer stationed together. And they have already offered to hop on a plane if I need them for this deployment.” ~Bethany L.
“I clean, work out, take a drive, ride a horse, spend time with family, or work on my crochet/knitting projects.” ~Cricket D.
What a powerful way to wrap up this series! Do you have any final thoughts to add to our list? Leave a comment below. (Also, be sure to enter this month’s giveaway below!) Thanks for tuning in, and check back next month for another giveaway and more great thoughts on all things Recon Rendezvous and Military Wife Life!