Today I wanted to welcome Patti Katter, a Certified Life Coach and Military & Program Coordinator at Hope For The Warriors. She is going to share a bit about the amazing work she is doing with military families and how you can use Hope For The Warriors as a resource on your military life journey.
Take it away Patti…
In my role as a certified life coach and the Military and Program Coordinator at Hope For The Warriors, I work with incredible military families who are dealing with a variety of issues after a loved one returns home from war.
Wives and husbands soon find themselves not only in the position of taking care of everyday household needs, but also seeing to the mental and physical needs of their hero spouses.
Throughout my work what I’ve found is that there are elements of the tips I share that I think anyone will be able relate to – the wife or husband of a deployed service member, the parents of a special needs child, etc.
Time and time again I encourage spouses to maintain an open line of communication. Speak up and express your wants and needs to your partner.
While sometimes it might be our greatest wish to be married to a mind reader, I’ve yet to meet a couple who have mastered this skill!
We’re excited to partner with Military Wife and Mom to share some of the tips that I frequently discuss with the families who come through our doors at Hope For The Warriors. While they are designed for caretakers of injured military veterans, it is our greatest wish that you will be able to take from these something that will be useful in your own relationship.
Tips for Caregivers:
- Communicate! Speak up and express your wants and needs. Do you need a nap or break? Ask a friend or neighbor to come over for an hour so you can take a nap, go for a walk or just have some quiet time. Be direct about the type of assistance you need so that they won’t need to guess at what might be helpful.
- Find something that you can look forward to when you wake up each day. Plan something – like sitting down to do a puzzle, taking a bath, spending time in the garden – that will be an enjoyable activity as a highlight to your day.
- If you’re thinking about doing or trying something new, don’t hesitate. Been thinking about that local yoga class or always wanted to train for a 5k race? Figure out what you want to do, determine if there are any obstacles to being able to do it, and then do some good old-fashioned brainstorming to come up with possible solutions (that might involve asking for help). Don’t be afraid to try new things that you find enjoyable!
- All of these tips require you to take the initiative! As a caretaker there are times when a lot of things can feel out of your control, so figure out what you can control and build momentum behind them!
Hope For The Warriors provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.
This is a sponsored conversation with Hope for the Warriors.
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