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How To Maintain Your
Long-Distance Relationship On Deployment

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For deployed troops in a long-distance relationship, maintaining contact with one’s partner can be a struggle. No, that’s putting it too lightly. It can be an incredible challenge, made worse by inconsistent internet or phone connections, unpredictable schedules, and of course, the everyday rigors and dangers of deployed life.

But, it’s not impossible. It just takes some hard work, planning, and the occasional dirty letter to keep things interesting.

Establishing and maintaining a routine for staying connected is critical.

When it comes to staying in touch, video streaming is the most preferred method, with emails at the bottom of the list, and hand-written letters as a way to maintain a more intimate connection.

Video streaming

This can be Skype, Google Hangouts, Facetime or really any other video streaming service. The key is having face to face contact with your partner, and video streaming is the best way to accomplish this.

A call, on the phone or just with a voice chat service

Some cell phones have recording features that can be sent over a text. This allows you loved one to hear your voice and replay your message throughout the day to keep couples in better contact than simply texting.

Texting or chatting

If you have an internet connection, then opt to chat with your partner online instead of sending an email. If phone calls, voice recording, or video streaming is not an option, then texting is better than having no contact at all. It is more interactive than emailing.

It’s kind of spontaneous similar to when you’re having a conversation in the moment, whereas sending email is more removed.

Email should be your least preferred form of contact

The reason? It’s too detached.

Unlike a conversation over the phone or video, an email can feel static and distant, though that’s not to say you shouldn’t email your partner just because it’s not the best, but if you have a choice, call or message them and save the emails for more mundane communication. Like giving your landlord shit for not fixing the plumbing while you’ve been gone.

While continuous, or let’s be honest, semi-continuous communication is important it’s not always possible.

Which is why the military issued you that note taking gear

Hand-written letters

Unlike emails, letters are far more personal, and can help provide a level of intimacy that may be lacking from your relationship while you’re away. They take time to be hand-written write and then mailed, so there is more of a thoughtful intention that comes with giving and recieving mail that cannot be exchanged for any other type of correspondance. It is nice to receive mail and to engage this way but should not be your only form of communcation with your loved ones.

Letters can be very sentimental and become keepsakes that partners can reflect back on in the years to come.

Whether you're sending a poem, or writing something loving about how much you miss the person, or whether you want to share a sexy dream you had about that person, writing hand-written letters can be very romantic, especially when read in private.

 

10 Tips for Building Your Family’s Resilience

 

Long deployment separations, difficult post-deployment adjustments, frequent moves and major life changes can make navigating military life difficult. While most families are able to manage the unique demands of military life, some families seem to handle the challenges with more ease.

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As parents, we do all we can to prevent our children from feeling stress, but we cannot control everything, especially when living the military life. Stress is not all bad. In fact, it can give your children and family a chance to develop something we call resilience, or the ability to recover in the face of stress. Resilient families are flexible, connected and great at using their resources to solve problems.

If your children or your family are struggling, you’re not alone. There is a lot you can do to build your family’s resilience. The American Psychological Association, in its publication, "The Road to Resilience,” recommends 10 ways to become more resilient when dealing with stress or adversity.

1. Make connections. Accepting help and support from those who care about you will help strengthen your resilience. Likewise, assisting others in their time of need can have a positive impact on you and your family. Connect with others through support groups or other organizations, either on your installation or in the local community. Click to read full report.

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