Balance

balance iconAs we move through life and the many transitions that occur, balancing everything that we do, or want to do, can be difficult. The tools and resources listed below can help you to reflect on what aspects of your life are most important to you and to learn strategies for keeping things in balance.

Continuing the Conversation

Continue thinking about topics raised in your local WoVeN group, or join a discussion with other women Veterans through our community discussion forum.
  • How do you know if you’ve achieved balance in your life? Is this even possible?
  • Was it easier or harder to find balance in life when you were in the military?
  • Were there times when you felt more balanced? What was going on in your life during those times? What’s different now? Are you balancing different needs?
  • What are the signs that things are getting (or have become) out of balance?

Talk with WoVeN women around the country about these questions

 

Toolbox

Dive deeper into this theme with these self help tools.

Cool Stuff We Found

Check out these recent articles, podcasts, and book recommendations handpicked by the WoVeN team.

What the Science Says

Learn about important research that relates to the lives of women Veterans.


How Are Women Veterans Doing in Their Work and Family Lives?

Dr. Dawne Vogt and her team examined work and family functioning in 524 post-9/11 Veterans from across the United States.

Study Findings:

  • The majority of Veterans reported good quality of life related to work and family.
  • However, when compared to men, women were more likely to be unemployed and, for those who were currently employed, women reported lower salaries.
  • Interestingly, women described fewer difficulties than men in their roles as parents.
  • For both men and women, the study found that having posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was related to more difficulties both at work and in relationships.

We Conclude:
The good news is that most women do well during the transition from the military. However, it is not uncommon for women, particularly women with PTSD, to struggle with certain aspects of their work or family lives.

Citation:
Vogt, D., Smith, B. N., Fox, A. B., Amoroso, T., Taverna, E., & Schnurr, P. P. (2017). Consequences of PTSD for the work and family quality of life of female and male U.S. Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 52, 341-352.

 

How Much Do Parents Work?

In an important study by Lyn Craig and Killian Mullan, 5,000 men and women living in the United States, Australia, Italy, France, and Denmark described the number of hours spent working (including paid work, domestic work, and child care) on a typical day.

Study Findings:

  • In the United States, adults with children had much larger workloads than adults without children.
  • As compared to other countries, women with children living in the United States were more likely to stop paid work and devote time to child care.
  • These patterns may be influenced by American cultural beliefs, such as “it is each family’s responsibility to raise their own children” or due to the fact that there are fewer resources to support mothers in the workforce than in other countries.

We Conclude:
In the United States, women with children seem to have particularly large workloads and may feel pressure to leave the workforce to devote time to childcare. Efforts to keep women in the workforce by helping them balance their work and family lives are definitely needed!

Citation:
Craig, L., & Mullan, K. (2010). Parenthood, gender, and work-family time in the United States, Australia, Italy, France, and Denmark. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 1344 – 1361.

Find More Info

Follow these links to find additional information about related topic areas.

AfterDeployment.Org provides a range of wellness resources for the military and veteran community. Below are some sections we found particularly useful. Each selection offers a self-assessment, workshops, stories from other veterans, and more!

For people adjusting to work after deployment.
http://afterdeployment.dcoe.mil/topics-work-adjustment#overview

For families with kids.
http://afterdeployment.dcoe.mil/topics-families-kids#overview

For people looking to improve their finances.
http://afterdeployment.dcoe.mil/topics-financial-health