What do you feel like as a woman when your husband is away from you and your family for a few days or a month due to his job? Anxiety? Nervous? Lonely? Can you imagine how you would feel if you were a military wife separated from your spouse for more than a month or year? Do you think a military woman would experience similar feelings during her husband’s deployment? The answer should be yes since she is a human being like you and me and all of those emotional responses are natural.
Not just his wife, but also his parents, children, and other family members may be worried until he returns home. However, to live a healthy life, you must learn a few strategies to cope with stress and worry. Remember, your husband also wants to see you healthy and stable when he returns home.
Here are a few suggestions to help a military spouse cope with anxiety.
Before the deployment –
- Discuss your thoughts and what you expect from each other throughout the deployment, including how you’ll communicate.
- Spend time together in a casual setting to make memories that will last you through the deployment.
During the deployment
- Meet other military spouses who are going through the same issue and learn how they are dealing with it.
- Don’t try to hide your emotions. It’s natural to feel sad, lonely, or frustrated after being separated from your spouse. Concentrate on what you can manage, such as spending time with family and friends or enrolling in a professional course, or volunteering.
- Learn some stress-reduction techniques that work for you. To relieve stress, keep a diary and write down your thoughts and feelings, and practice meditation. Speak with a psychologist for guidance in overcoming the situation.
Conclusion – Nobody wants to be anxious for the rest of their lives. Having proper anxiety management skills is vital to coping with a challenging scenario, whether your spouse is in the military or you are in a difficult situation.