Self-Care: Your Personal Tune-up

When was the last time you actually went on vacation, to the nail shop, met up with friends, or just relaxed? What if I told you that the United States is not even in the top 10, in the whole world, in used vacation? We move so fast, and work so hard, that we are scared to take time off in a world that waits on no one.

Because of this, we experience burnout and disconnected relationships with our friends and family. In addition, we experience high rates of stress, fatigue, anxiety, and hospitalization.

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Never Forget!

Saying Happy Memorial Day is a really bad habit.

Memorial Day is a remembrance day.

If you don’t remember what Memorial Day is for; it doesn’t make the people who can’t forget happy.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy some much needed time off or hold your friend and families close, celebrating the fact that you are all together.

When fallen servicemembers lived, they did the same.

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Who am I in this [professional] world?

The truth is, looking back on my decision-making process, I always knew I wanted to get my PhD in a behavioral health field and I always thought it would be in psychology, BUT military life happened, and I had to make decisions accordingly

just like many of you.

So where does this leave so many of us?  I know that many of you, my fellow mil spouses, are either searching for your career path or are somewhere in the process of trying to maintain a behavioral health career amidst a world of constant change.

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Take A Moment: Press Pause

Pausing has helped me to find my center and to bring back creativity at times when I feel as if my well has run dry.

It can give you a chance just to be; you can at that moment slow down your thoughts and be your most authentic self.

 

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New Year BEST You

It’s that time of year again…the time for New Year’s resolutions. We hear slogans of a New Year, New You. They speak to us to lose weight, eat healthier, to be a better mom, a better partner. We tell ourselves things like “this year I’m going to finally wear that bikini” or my favorite “I’m going to be like those other women I see on Instagram who have perfect lives." 

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Maintaining Balance During the Holidays When You are the Boss

The holiday season is quickly approaching. Your mind may be buzzing away with everything that needs to be done before the holidays begin. This can result in increased feelings of stress and anxiety.  Thankfully with a little preparation and planning, you can keep your balance during the holidays and lessen feelings of overwhelm. Actually, you could have your best holiday seasons yet!

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Hurry Up and Wait: A (not so) fairy-tale

Sometimes you may know ahead of time that a Med Board is going to be recommended; other times, especially in the case of Traumatic Brain injuries or accidental or life changing injuries, you may be in the hospital recovering when the Doctor comes in and tells you “This is going to be career ending” and walks out the door, while you and your spouse are left there speechless.

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5 Tips to Combat Burnout
When your flame is burning so bright, and lighting others along the way for extended periods of time, you may start to experience burnout.

There is a constant struggle for me: to both push forward and continue to work or take a minute to myself to relax, so that I don’t get too overwhelmed and burned out.

An example of this is, at this very moment, I should be asleep (it’s well past my bedtime). But instead, I felt inspired to add to this post and decided to do this instead. Both bring me joy, but in the morning getting up for work, I may not be so happy about this burst of inspiration I received when I should be asleep.

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