Separation Tips: Introduction
Tough On Families
Separation can be extremely stressful. Guard
families may experience so many different emotions
when it is time for deployment. It’s not uncommon
for everyone to feel a sense of loss, mild depression
and even anger. This is the time for families to
take a few moments to talk about what everyone is
feeling. It is a good time to determine whether more
help is needed in getting through the separation
Some of the symptoms associated with separation
- Loss of appetite
- Eating constantly
- Unplanned weight loss or gain
- Stomach pains
- Sleeplessness or a disruption of sleep
Remember, within a few weeks, when everyone starts
to adjust to the idea of being separated, most of
these symptoms will disappear. Everyone will establish
new routines and experience normal highs and lows
associated with everyday living. Talking with family
members before deployment will help you and your
family adjust to the idea of being away.
Tough on Service Members
This is a busy time for the men and women
being deployed . Your emotions range from
excitement to apprehension about the challenges
of your new assignment. It’s not unusual to have
a delayed reaction to the idea of being separated
from your family.
As your adjust to the prospects of leaving home,
you may feel:
Just like with your family, these and other emotions
will pass in a week or two. However, depending upon
the workload and pressure related to your work, a
mild depression may occur later.
The Guard Family Program has prepared
some information on how to reduce the stress of separation
as much as possible.
Click on a topic on the right for more detailed information. External links to other useful web sites are also provided.