Thriving during deployment instead of just surviving means that you shouldn’t just watch time pass until your spouse comes home. Each day is a gift, don’t waste them just because your spouse is gone.
It is understandable that you’ll have days that just getting out of bed might be the last thing you want to do, but push through. Use this time to better yourself, learn new skills, accomplish goals and learn about yourself.
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In this post, you’ll get all the tips you need to thrive during deployment.
When it comes to setting goals, set both long term and short term goals, in other words, set some goal to meed by the end of the deployment and some for week by week or monthly.
A long term goal would be to lose ten pounds or get into shape, while a short term goal would be to workout five days that week.
By breaking the goals down into short term and long term, you’ll stay motivated. By focusing on the short term goals the time seems to go faster.
Make sure to include the steps you’ll take to accomplish your goals.
-workout a certain amount of days per week or month
-finish or read a book
-try one new recipe
-organize your kitchen
-Lose 10 lbs. or get in shape
-Read 20 books
-Become a better cook
-Organize your entire house
One important thing to remember is to make your goals measurable. I use the example of getting in shape because it seems to be my main goal during deployments.
You can’t just say you want to get in shape; you must have a specific goal in mind. For example, take your measurements at the beginning of the deployment and set a goal to lose a certain amount of inches. Then retake your measurements once a month to track your progress.
Here’s a printable to help you set and track your goals! Simply click on the image and print it.
Setting Financial Goals
Besides getting in shape, financial goals are the most popular for during deployment. I’m sure you’ve heard the stories of spouses that spend tons of money during deployment. I wouldn’t suggest that. Spending is fine but doesn’t spend all the money or max out your credit cards.
Examples of financial goals:
-paying off debt (look into the debt snowball method)
-save for a trip ( set a certain amount each paycheck that you will save for your trip.)
Self-care is especially important during deployments. Dealing with the emotions, daily tasks, stress, and work take a toll on you physically and mentally. If you pay attention to your body, you’ll notice signs that you’ve had enough and need a little TLC.
Something as simple as sitting quietly with your eyes closed and focusing on your breathing for a few minutes can make a world of difference.
Pay close attention to you’re feeling. Don’t push yourself harder or father than you should. Stop and take a few seconds to center yourself.