Spouse Support for First Responders
When you are left alone for 24 and sometimes 48 hours to deal with the plumbing, the kids, the bills, and the car breaking down, etc you feel like your world is caving in on you and that you are alone. Often it turns to the thought “ it isn’t supposed to be this way.” Let’s face it, these things don’t happen when you’re home together to work as a couple.
Most people who spouses/partners of first responders feel like starting like adding one more thing to the list, like therapy for spouses of first responders, it just seems too much. Perhaps you can relate. Maybe you check things off of your to-do list but you don’t feel like you’re getting anything done or you’re noticing that you complain a lot about feeling stressed, tired, and unfulfilled.
Stuck in negativity and feeling miserable all the time, you may feel like life is overwhelming and like it’s too much.
Do You Feel Tired, Stressed, Moody?
Do any of the following resonate with you?
- Your energy levels are at an all-time low.
- Perhaps, you have an insane work schedule that doesn’t let you rest.
- You feel like there are so many things to manage and your forever growing “to-do list” leaves you feeling completely overwhelmed.
- Thoughts like “I didn’t sign up to do all this!” cause resentment and guilt to build inside you.
If these sound true for you, I want you to know that even though you might feel like a failure for needing help, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It takes courage to become aware of what you are going through and ask for help.
You don’t have to keep putting yourself last. Caring for everyone else before you take care of yourself does not have to be how you operate in this world.