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self-care-postIt cannot be overstated how important it is for military spouses, active duty service members, and our veteran community to take care of themselves. Often times in our desire to serve others--whether it’s our families, our brothers and sisters in arms, our community, our friends, or anyone else--we put ourselves last.

While working in the non-profit world you tend to be around many people that are of the giving nature. However, oftentimes these givers are so focused on taking care of others that they forget to take care of themselves. While working as a therapist, I would sometimes take "mental health days" to recharge my batteries and avoid burnout. The other day I had someone encourage me to take a mental health day and do something fun just for me. 

I realized in that moment that, similar to those in giving positionsdf, the military community oftentimes puts ourselves last in the self-care department. Every service member I've met, including my own husband, has been so focused on the mission or operation that they will work themselves into the ground, on little sleep or food. As our service members transition into the veteran community, oftentimes they continue to have this same mentality. While their dedication is admirable, it is important that they balance their work ethic with self care.

Military spouses are sometimes the worst no self care offenders. We are often standing behind our service member, taking care of the home, life, work, children and other challenges solo while our service members are deployed or at work for days at a time. Often it can be difficult to find the time to take care of yourself, or even tell yourself that it is okay to put yourself first.

Whether you are a non-profit worker serving veterans, a member of our wonderful military community, a caregiver, a spouse, a veteran, or currently still serving, it’s important that you take a moment to take care of yourself. One of our primary missions here at Military Musters is to take a look at the overall wellness in your life. That means your diet, exercise, getting the services you need to address your needs physically and emotionally, taking time outs, and taking "mental health days" or, if you can't manage a whole day, a "mental health hour". To be at our best, we need to take care of ourselves, before we take care of others. Stay tuned for a series of blogs on how to take care of yourself through exercise, wellness, services and more! 

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In my professional career, my current role as Program Director of Military Musters has been by far the most exciting and rewarding. As a former family therapist and current military spouse, there is something so special about working with the military community.

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I am humbled to work with those that do so much to serve this country. So many of the veterans and active duty service members that I have met have only one thing on their mind—a calling to serve. To serve their county. To serve their fellow brother and sister service members. To serve their unit, their base, and their community. While there may be many misconceptions about the military lifestyle and culture, there is one fact that’s true. Active duty service members and their immediate families make up only 1.2% of the American population. As a smaller and smaller percentage of Americans are joining the armed forces, there is a growing gap between our military community and our civilian population. Of those who do choose to serve their country, greater responsibilities and sacrifices are expected of them. Regardless of why these service members choose to join the military, it cannot be denied that they want to serve their country and their people.

Despite the growing gap between the military and the general population, the service of civilians towards the military community is absolutely astounding. Our entire non-profit is based upon the premise of connecting our military community with complementary alternative treatment options as well as life coaching services. This is only made possible through the generosity of our providers who choose to serve our military and veteran communities by donating their time and services. I have been completely overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response of the civilian community who are giving back by becoming a part of our organization. I want to take this chance to also say THANK YOU to our team of service providers who do so much for the clients we serve.

As veterans get out of the military at rapidly increasing rates due to cutbacks, medical challenges, injuries, and other reasons, we all need to take care of each other more than ever. Let’s follow the example of our military service members, the amazing civilian service providers, and the (hopefully) many more individuals who give back to the military community by contributing our time and services. Every little bit counts.

Most people would like the opportunity to give back to the military community, but just aren’t sure how. If you are a service provider that wants to donate their time with us, please feel free to reach out! For everyone else, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of organizations that do so much for our military community that could use your help, whether that’s monetarily, through volunteering, or simply spreading the word. I would encourage you all to answer this call to service!

Best,

Tara Yarte

Tara Yarte

Program Director, Mental Health Counselor and Military Spouse

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