Oh social media, we love social media, we hate social media. Between Facebook, Instagram, and Tiktok, it can feel like we are always “on” to the world. And that can be a bit overwhelming and easily take over our lives. However, when social media is used as a tool, the platforms can be a great way to improve our lives as military spouses.
Military spouses move often and meet new people all the time. We make a lot of connections but we don’t always get to live near them or if we do it is for a limited amount of time. Social media allows us to stay connected in ways we might not otherwise be able to. Social media can also give us access to resources and people we might not otherwise have been able to be connected to.
When you first become a military spouse, this life can be a bit overwhelming. You can use social media to help you in your military spouse life. Here are 7 ways to do so:
Stay connected to friends
My first experience with social media was with Myspace. Remember Tom and how you could pick your top 8? Talk about pressure! Back then we military spouses would connect on Myspace, share photos from the day, and figure out the best music to describe exactly what we were feeling.
These days, we are all either on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, or all of thee above. And while these platforms are all different than Myspace ever was, we can still stay connected to our friends using them. When we meet someone new, get to know them, and want to connect, adding one another on social media seems like the best thing to do.
By doing so, we are always connected. And when those PCS orders come, we can still stay connected with one another, no matter where military life might take us.
Stay connected to family
One of the hardest parts of military life can be having to live so far away from family. We don’t get to see them on a regular basis and have to stay in touch over the miles. Social media can be a great way to do this. One of the accounts I set up for myself is a private Instagram account where I am connected to my closest friends and family. This makes sharing photos and what we are doing with a select few pretty easy and helps our families stay connected.
Join a local group
When you first get those PCS orders, and they seem like they are pretty much going to stick, you probably want to start joining local groups for your new area. Doing so allows you to ask questions, get to know what is happening in that area, and give you a running start into your new community.
Learn about resources
There are so many military spouse resources out there, from blogs, like this one, to organizations like Military OneSource. And all of them have social media accounts. Connect with these military spouse resources over social, and you will have access to all these have to offer. From advice about deployments, to help finding a new job.
Find out about military spouse talk shows and podcasts
Did you know there is a military spouse talk show out there? MilSpouse Conversations is a diverse panel of military spouses who talk about…well everything, from PCSing to parenting to all the things that are important to you! Follow MilSpouse Conversations on social!
You can also find other military spouse podcasts such as MilSpouse Matters and The Spouse Angle. Podcasts are easy to listen to and can bring you a wealth of information, tips, and resources for your military spouse life.
Find out about events in your community
One of the best tips I can give any military spouse in this life is to make sure you find things you love to do and stay busy. Not having enough to do causes boredom and that’s when life can get a little more difficult. One of the best ways to find things to do is to find out what events are going on in your own community.
I am in the Fort Campbell area so I know that if I follow the pages for the local city of Clarksville, Fort Campbell MWR, and other local pages and groups, I will have a steady stream of events coming through my feed. This gives me lots of options to fill up my calendar.
Let’s face it, there is a lot of entertainment on social media. You can find videos on every topic these days. From your favorite TV show, I think I am on Outlander TikTok, to what you like to read or where you like to travel. Be aware of how much time you are on social media but also enjoy what it has to offer.
Social media is a tool, and we can use it to make our lives a little better. Whether we are brand new to this life or are a seasoned spouse.