Being a good friend is a lot of work, but it comes naturally for most of us. In the military we are often forced into friendships, and we have to do it quickly as we adjust to new surroundings, new people and sometimes even a new culture! This may be the spice of life for those who are social butterflies and are naturally in command in a full room. However, being a friend may be a little more of a challenge for those who feel awkward with strangers and would rather be with a book instead of a group of people.
Universally, there are a few things that make good friendships. Some friendships just form because you have a natural connection with another person, and some friendships have to be made out of necessity. Both types of friendships can be special and long-lasting.
The realities of deployment are hitting many military families hard this week with Father’s Day fast approaching. Although deployment is rough year-round, during certain holidays it can get especially difficult. The best way to ease the extra mental burden around certain holidays is to face them head on with a positive attitude. See More
In a time of war, stress is inescapable for military families.
There are also less visible stresses such as frequent PCSing and all that it entails — saying good-bye to friends, making new friends, new schools, new communities and sometimes even whole new cultures when we go overseas.
Stress is here to stay in military life. But you don’t have to succumb to the fallout of living in a stressful lifestyle. Here are some quick tips on how to let some stress go before it gets the best of you:
Take a slow deep breath and exhale slowly. Repeat five times. The practice of breathing deep is used in a lot of relaxation techniques because it works. The focus is removed from the stress source to the act of breathing. Also taking a deep breath gets more oxygen to the brain and induces a relaxing effect. See More
There are some wonderful classic books as well as some great new books that will get you in the Christmas spirit this holiday season. Be sure to check out these books for your family, you may just find a new treasured favorite! These books also make wonderful gifts for all the children in your life. See More
Even after years of experience and multiple deployments under their belts, families are constantly learning new challenges to the military lifestyle.
One of the biggest obstacles to overcome is handling judgment and ignorance about military issues from those closest to us.
Many of the readers on our Military Spouse and Family Facebook pages have dealt with this judgment firsthand and inspired these tips for bridging the learning gap and trying to respectfully inform those closest to you about military-specific struggles. See More