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Important Tips for Military Families Struggling During the Holidays
The holidays can be a difficult time for families, especially military families. Parties, out of town relatives visiting, and dinner celebrations can make this time of year a bit harder to manage. Add in alcohol, PTSD or issues with transitioning into civilian life and it is a recipe for disaster for not only the service member but the entire family. Military spouses share the stress of the holidays and often find themselves arguing with their spouse over trivial things. Here are some important tips for military families struggling during the holidays.
Strive for progress, not perfection.
Do not set false expectations about the holidays. Real life is not perfect, and comparison will ruin any good holiday cheer. It is important to remember that progress is the goal and some days, progress will stall. That is okay. Strive to move forward at a realistic pace.
Seek care early. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Talk with your spouse about what care looks like and the possibility of getting help for mental, physical and emotional issues. Letting internal issues fester only creates lasting obstacles to overcome.
Ask for help when needed. There is NO shame in asking for help. Military spouses and children often suffer from higher levels of anxiety than civilians and can easily find counselors to help through the Military Health System or on-base counselling.
As the holidays approach and you get ready to gather with family, friends and loved ones, prepare yourself for situations that might be uncomfortable. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]