Here are my tips for surviving deployments and separations:Call Red Cross, ACS or the Installation Volunteer Coordinator for volunteer opportunities.
Set a goal. Start the program or project you’ve been putting off.. Go back to school. Initiate, don’t wait for the phone to ring. Plan an outing or a special dinner, then call several friends to join you. Travel. New scenery and change of pace, if only for a day or two does wonders for the spirit. Plan on taking a friend and making a day out of it. Go to work. Take a break. Take time away from your children. Laugh. Don’t feel guilty about going out with friends and leaving your children with a sitter. Keep a journal of your thoughts and activities while your sponsor is away to help “catch up” when they return. Join a group. Don’t always call or run home. If you and your spouse have some differences, try to work them out before he leaves. Find a “buddy”, another military spouse who is also alone temporarily. Don't sit home on weekends