I am excited to be a featured guest post today at The Mama Nurse in her Women Who Inspire feature. I am talking about what it’s really like to be a Military Spouse. A quick excerpt of the post is below (because I just had to share my infographic with you) but you can read the full post at The Mama Nurse.
It is my opinion that military spouses go through a cycle of emotions similar to the process of grief. In a way, we are grieving for the absence of our partner during this time, as well as the lamenting the extra burden that we accept as responsibilities shift. In my mind, the military spouse cycle of emotions looks something like this.
That is a typical military spouse cycle of emotions. It does cycle, and there may be infinite loops between some of these steps. The important thing is to recognize when we are struggling and to ask for help. If we remember to look around, we see our friends who want to help us, even if they do not fully understand and appreciate the life. Despite the anxiety, the self-doubt, and the added stress, we are strong and resilient. We carry the membership to this special club proudly and support our service member completely.
Do you have a military spouse in your life? What ways do you show your support and encouragement?
Read the full post, including the explanations of each part in the military spouse cycle of emotions, at The Mama Nurse.