Mental Health

To the Military Spouse who Struggles

To the military spouse who struggles, I see you.

To the military spouse who posts only positive pictures on social media but cries every night, I see you. You are not alone.

To the military spouse who is dealing with an undesirable duty station, I see you. People say “be grateful for the life that you were given and that you can travel”…yes that’s true but it doesn’t make it any easier. It’s the thought that yet again, you have to pick up and move across the country or the world to a place that you know nothing about and know no one there. It’s hard to find true friends that you really connect with deeper than surface level acquaintances.

To the military spouse who has struggled with anxiety for many years and the recent news has you on edge, I see you.

To the military spouse who is trying to keep it all together for your spouse, your children, and the rest of the world, I see you.

To the military spouse who is successful in her career and yet struggles with imposter syndrome, I see you.

To the military spouse who cannot find a job due to many military moves, I see you.

To the military spouse who indulges in too much alcohol to cope with your stress, I see you.

To the military spouse who just had to quit your job because your husband/wife just left for a deployment, I see you.

To the military spouse who has been cyber bullied by other military spouses, I see you.

To the military spouse who has been cheated on and hurt so many ways by the very person that you love, I see you.

 No matter what you’re struggling with and no matter what your circumstances are, know that you are not alone. We all struggle as military spouses thru the different seasons that pass.  Whether you are a new spouse, seasoned spouse, or somewhere in between, we all have one thing in common; we love a member of the military and we all deal with hardships at some point. We should lift each other up and we should think twice about making others feel alienated, betrayed, or downright horrible.

I don’t have any advice for you other than to let you know, I see you, I acknowledge you, I acknowledge your feelings, and this is just a season of your life. In time, this will eventually get better. Allow yourself to have those feelings and know that this too shall pass even if it is some of the most dreadful times that you’ve ever had as a military spouse. I see you and your feelings are valid.

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