5 tips for coping with a long-term military separation
1. Cry and get it out of your system
2. Find ways to channel your energies in a positive light:
- take college courses
- attend self-development workshops and seminars
- take care of yourself and your health
- write letters to your soldier (the old fashion way or use email, if available)
- start an online virtual business
3. Connect with positive people, find ways to inspire and empower each other
- establish an online support network for like minds
- start a book club
- volunteer your time on base, at your favorite civic organization, or at your childs school
4. Use this time to get your personal credit and finances in order
- order your personal credit reports
- clear up any discrepancies
- pay off accounts will small balances
- use this time to prepare your family for home-buying, retirement, or ETS
5. Spend quality time with your children
- keep photos of mom/dad around in view so your children can see them
- tell your children that mom/dad loves them very much
- cook a fun meal
- schedule activities to the zoo, library, museums, bookstore
This list is by no means exhaustive. If you’d like to add to it, post your comments below.
The key is to keep busy, stay occupied, and before you know it, your solider is back home.
Long-term deployments are a part of the military lifestyle and as a military spouse married to an active duty solider, you have to find way(s) to cope during these stressful times. If you find that you are having a difficult time coping, get some help and support immediately by contacting your family support group, go online to www.militaryonesource.com or call militaryonesource toll free 24/7 at: 1-800-342-9647.
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