If you have a loved one in the military who is approaching deployment, sending him or her off to put it all on the line in a foreign country can be extremely difficult to face by yourself. It is especially hard your first time. My boyfriend's year-long deployment was definitely a lot harder than I imagined. So, to help some other people in the same situation, I have compiled a few tips on how to keep yourself sane and emotionally healthy through this difficult time.
Find a Support System
It doesn’t matter who is in your support system, but I would recommend family members and close friends. It's important to have people around who you can trust. These people should be willing to be there for you on the bad days, not just the good days.
Keep Yourself Busy!
Keep Your Phone With You at All Times
Keep your phone with you at all times and on loud, not vibrate. Your significant other could call at any time, and I mean ANY TIME. Depending on your lover's location, you may only get to talk to one another every few weeks. Try not to freak out if it’s been two weeks and you still haven’t heard anything from him/her — he/she can't control it. Often, the phones, as well as the Internet, are down for a while.
Stay in Touch With Your Lover’s Family
Stay in contact with the family if possible, especially if it’s your first time going through a deployment. They will help you emotionally, and sometimes the family can let you know if they hear anything.
Think Happy Thoughts
I know it is difficult to do this — especially at first — but you need to stay strong for that person overseas. So, no sad songs! You need to stay positive. Try listening to more upbeat songs to get you in a good mood.
Send Your Lover Things
Send letters and care packages. Decorate the boxes. Hobby Lobby is awesome for all sorts of crafty things to decorate with. There are also many examples online if you need some ideas.
I hope these tips are helpful to those of you who are about to experience deployment and to those who are currently experiencing deployment. It is so important to be supportive of your significant other, and it helps them while they are overseas to know that you are doing just fine and are anxiously awaiting their arrival back home. I hope for a safe return for all of your significant others!
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