Deployment and separations can be tough on relationships – there’s no way around that. But you and your partner can take steps to prevent or minimize the strain and grow together through these times apart.
Here are essential steps you can take:
Take time to talk about the separation or deployment as soon as you know it’s happening. Honest conversation can make the time you have together before the upcoming separation less stressful. Make a plan to keep in close contact during your time away through phone calls, online communication and care packages – whatever works best for you and your partner.
It may be easier to focus on the well-being of the spouse who is away from home and family, but remember that both spouses need support. Staying healthy, sticking to routines and connecting with friends or the military community can help you succeed and thrive during the separation.
Homecoming after a deployment or separation is often a wonderful time, but it can also be full of strong emotions. Often, readjusting to life together can take time. Relax, stay positive and know when it’s time to ask for help.