Deployment is a hard time for every member of the family. Not only is this something that is hard for a soldier to deal with, but it will have an effect on everyone that is emotionally connected to them. In order to make the time that your service member is overseas better, you have to keep yourself busy. Here are some tips to make a deployment go by faster so you can be in your service member’s arms once again.
Keep Yourself Busy
If you have your own things to do you won’t dwell on how much you miss your soldier. Before the deployment even begins, be sure to make a list of goals with your service member of things that you want to accomplish by the end of the deployment. Some common things are getting out of debt, saving for big purchases, being able to afford your dream vacation, getting in better shape, or going to school. During the deployment commit yourself to reaching your goals. This will keep yourself busy and something to show your soldier that you have accomplished while he was gone.
Get a Hobby
Take up a sport or a hobby that you’ve always wanted to try before but never had the time too. Now is the time to start exploring things, since you have a year to do it. If you’ve always wanted to take cooking classes to be able to cook your soldier’s favorite meal, then do that. All of these things will make the weeks go by faster, and when your soldier get’s home you will have so many new talents to show them.
Connect with Others in the Same Situation
If you are stationed on as base, you should get involved with the FRG, or Family Readiness Group. This is full of spouses of deployed soldiers who are in the same situation as you. They meet regularly and they are a great support system for you while your spouse is deployed. If you have traveled away from your home base for the deployment then try and find some groups in your area. Chances are that wherever you find yourself, there are sure to be other spouses in the same situation as you. Many of these groups can be found online.
Support your Children
If you are a military spouse who has children, the biggest thing that you want to do for them is to support them through this difficult time. Make sure you explain to them the situation, because kids can tell when you’re not telling them the truth. Do a lot of things with your children that will keep them entertained as well. Have them do projects that they can send to their deployed parent and take them to places that when they look back on the year they will have happy memories of it even though one of their parents is deployed.All of these things will help you and your family get through the deployment easier and before you know it your spouse will be home! Good luck!