This week marks my one-year anniversary at this duty station. I remember because less than a week after I arrived my husband left for sea. He had arrived two months prior to us, which meant we ending up spending the entire summer apart.
My son and I spent the next few months getting settled into our new home. We unpacked, he started school, and we began to explore our new surroundings. For the record, I don't recommend going through the "settling in" phase of a PCS without your spouse if at all possible.
Are you in the middle of a PCS move this summer?
Is your spouse getting ready to deploy?
The emotions you experience as you face a deployment can be overwhelming, intense and frankly leave you questioning if you are normal. Plus, if you have just PCS'd the stress level triples...at least.
Over the next month we are going to be talking about the emotional cycles of deployment. I'm excited to introduce you to a few military spouse bloggers who will chime in with their advice and thoughts. They all have experienced recent deployments.
If you are new to the term "Emotional Cycles of Deployment" and like to read ahead, you can check out this great article from MilitaryOneSource.com.
Here's an excerpt:
"Keeping your emotions in balance can be a real challenge when your spouse is deployed. You are likely to experience different emotions in clearly defined stages, starting when you first learn about the deployment and continuing until well after your spouse has returned. As you go through this "emotional cycle of deployment," you may experience feelings ranging from fear, anger, and loneliness to joy, relief, and anticipation. Sometimes you may feel a combination of these emotions all at one time."
Whether this is your first deployment or your tenth, in my opinion they are all different and they don't get easier. However, they all have the ability to make us stronger and more resilient to withstand the twists and turns this crazy, amazing military life has to offer.
Join us next week as we highlight "Hearing the News" of deployment and what emotions you might experience.
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