7. You are loved.
Never forget that everyone is important to someone else. There are people who care about you, and you ARE loved. You shouldn’t have to look very far to find support — you have co-workers, friends, family, and even strangers who want to help. Maybe someone close to you has experienced or is going through a similar issue. Allow them to help you.
6. Don’t worry so much about what others think. Do what you need to do or think is best.
It’s easy to be self-conscious, but don’t let that interfere with your well-being. If you need help, get it. What matters most is that you make the best decisions for you and your family. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak — it takes strength and courage to persevere and overcome any obstacle. Don’t put off getting better because you’re worried about admitting you’re having a rough time. Everyone has hard times. This just happens to be your time.
5. This won’t last forever.
Remember that rough patches end — it’s as inevitable as the fact that you will, at some point, experience them. You may not yet see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s there and you will get through it. Being in the military is tough — you’ve been through a lot and survived it. You can get through this, too. Just hold on and know that it will get better.
4. This is going to make you stronger.
It may happen in increments, but one day you’ll look back and see how much this experience actually made you stronger. Once this trial passes, you’ll be better prepared to deal with what life throws at you, and you’ll be able to help others who may be going through similar issues that you’ve experienced. Strive to become the person who one day is able to help another service member when they need it most.
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