As a military spouse myself, I know all too well the challenges that come with deployment.
When your partner is deployed, it can feel like your life is on hold and that you’re navigating this experience alone.
With the right strategies and support, you CAN navigate deployment with resilience and grace.
In this blog post, I want to share five tips that have helped me along the way.
- Maintain a sense of independence during deployment. It’s important to remember that your life doesn’t have to come to a complete stop. Whether it’s taking up a new hobby, going back to school, or volunteering, keeping busy with activities you enjoy helps you maintain a sense of independence and normalcy. This is especially important if you have children, as it serves as a positive example for them to follow.
- Stay connected with loved one’s. Deployment can be a lonely time, but there are many ways to stay connected with your spouse and other loved ones. Regular phone calls, video chats, and even sending emails or text messages can help you feel connected and less alone. Don’t hesitate to reach out to those closest to you for support during this time.
- Find a support network. Building a support network is key to navigating deployments. There are many resources available, such as support groups, counseling services, and military family support centers, that can help you connect with other military spouses and find the support you need. I also recommend reaching out to organizations like the National Military Family Association, which provides a wealth of resources and support for military families.
- Take Care of Yourself! Deployment can be a stressful time, and it’s important to prioritize your own physical and emotional health. This could mean taking time for yourself, practicing stress-reducing activities like exercise or meditation, or seeking support from friends, family, or mental health professionals if needed. It’s also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including eating well, getting enough sleep, and avoiding unhealthy habits.
- Keep Your Spouse Informed. Staying connected with your deployed spouse is important, and keeping them informed about what’s going on in your life can help them feel more in tune with life at home and ease some of the stresses and uncertainties of deployment. Make sure to take advantage of opportunities to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences with your spouse. This can help build a stronger emotional connection and a more supportive relationship.
Deployments can be tough experiences for military spouses, but with the right tool and support, it can also be a time of growth and resilience.
By maintaining your sense of independence, staying connected with loved ones, finding a support network, prioritizing self care and keeping your spouse informed, you can navigate deployment with confidence.
Remember that you’re not alone and that there are many resources available to help you.