With new information released every day on world events, military spouses are watching the news or reading updates from other spouses and worrying about their soldier’s possible future deployment. Taking in all this new information, they slowly get that gut wrenching feeling that they will soon be informed their spouse is getting shipped out to fight in a never-ending war.
As a military spouse, knowing that a high-power country has decided to try and expand into sovereign territory and create a new war for the world can create a tremendous amount of stress. The closer the enemy gets to a NATO country, the closer your soldier is to being deployed. This is what thousands of military spouses and families are facing right now.
As a military spouse, it’s important to stay calm to help support your soldier and your family because they are nervous and concerned too. The question is, how can you stay calm during the storm?
Here are a few ideas:
- Some people suggest not watching the news because it is a constant reminder of bad news coming in, but I usually feel better watching so I know exactly what is going on. Do what makes you feel better.
- Take a break every so often and step outside. Being outside with some Vitamin D on your skin can help calm your mental state.
- Try drinking a hot cup of tea or coffee.
- Help your spouse prepare. See if they want to talk, help them organize their gear.
- Say prayers, A LOT.
- Listen to music or watch shows to take your mind off of the worry.
- Exercise gets norepinephrine, endorphins & serotonin running through your body which makes you happier.
- Spend time with family and friends, if possible.
- Get your deployment plan together. Knowing that you are as prepared as possible will help you to feel calmer.
If you panic or are hysterical or can’t keep it together it can make things extra difficult physically and mentally for you and your family. Keep calm and military spouse on.
Friendly reminder, do not post on social media any information regarding your soldier’s unit, including when or where they are traveling.