Military homecomings are often incredibly emotional periods for both returning service members and their families.While joyous and exciting, sometimes they can also prove emotionally and psychologically challenging. Family’s dynamics can change. Children have grown. Experiences in the field can register a significant impact on military members.
The reality is that homecomings can prove challenging for service members and those who love them.
“Reunion with family often is idealized as a quick, smooth return to normalcy,” according to the American Psychological Association’s Help Center. “The reality may fall short of that ideal.”
Readjusting after returning home can take time, patience and commitment from everyone involved. To make the homecoming transition as smooth as possible, realistic expectations and open communication is crucial.
Military members returning home might anticipate a problem-free readjustment full of fun and excitement. But the notion that it’ll be possible to immediately resume life as it was, prior to deployment, is often misleading.
Service members may believe that relationships with children and spouses will be just as they were before leaving. But actually homecomings are full of mixed emotions and stages of adjustment.
According to a report from After Deployment.org, the stages of readjustment typically include:
Upon returning home expectations and reality often collide. While everyone is glad you’re home, they may not want to spend a lot of time talking about your experiences.
Spouses may have become more independent while you were away, and children can gain a new sense of maturity and, sometimes, distance during separation, according to the National Center for PTSD. It is important to have a flexible outlook on priorities within the household.
It’s important for military members and family members to be open minded, patient and caring when the time comes to reestablish family bonds and old routines.
Communication may be difficult after a separation and closeness may also be awkward. Only time and effort can help bridge the emotional distance.
Service members with children should be understanding of their feelings and allow the child to be the first to renew the bond. Also, finding a place within the new family structure does not have to happen right away; it’s all right to take things slow.
How to Move without your Military Spouse
While your military spouse is deployed, chances are you might have to move homes. This process can be intimidating in the least, but when you have to do it by yourself it can be terrifying. Check out these moving tips for when you find yourself having to move houses without your military spouse.
No related posts.