The home front can become overwhelming and stressful while your Marine is deployed. Oftentimes, taking care of yourself gets put on the back burner due to the many demands of daily life.
During the midway point of the deployment, it is normal to feel like time is standing still and the day of your Marine’s return is too far away to count down. It’s OK to give yourself permission to take care of you to better take care of others.
Taking care of yourself is a great opportunity to reflect on your well-being. Be sure to carve time out for yourself by participating in a few activities you enjoy.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Mental well-being: Jump-start your day by joining a local Yoga or Taichi class. Many find that these two exercises help reduce stress, boost well-being, and generate internal energy.
Spiritual well-being: Spend time in nature, meditate to calm your thoughts, participate in community church activities, or lean on your faith to get you through the tough times. Connect with your installation’s Chaplain for more information.
Physical well-being: Commit to taking a 30-minute walk every day to reflect on your day. If you love dancing, find a Zumba class and dance away. Find what you love and go for it. Check out the group fitness classes at your local fitness center. There’s sure to be something that fits into your schedule.
Social well-being: Get involved. Join a networking group, volunteer in your community, or volunteer with your Marine’s unit. Your installation’s Volunteer Coordinator can help you find some great opportunities in the area. If you’d prefer to volunteer within your unit, contact the Deployment Readiness Coordinator.
There’s always an opportunity for you to support others. Invite another Marine spouse out for coffee, talk openly about things you are experiencing, and help support one another in whatever is going on in your lives.
It is important to take time for yourself and prepare your mind, body, and spirit for your Marine’s arrival. Your Marine and family are counting on you to stay as healthy as possible when they are deployed! For more information, contact your local Marine Corps Family Team Building Office to find a Mid-Deployment Workshop near you.