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Avoiding Stress During Military Move
|Moving is a huge part of being in the military, and so is all the stress that comes along with it. Aside from all the planning, packing, and moving logistics you must tackle during a military move, you'll also have to deal with the stress and emotional turmoil moving causes. If you and your family are in the midst of a military relocation, read on for some helpful tips to avoid stress and make the transition as painless as possible.
Helping your children adjust
Leaving behind friends and starting over in a new town and school can be frightening and stressful for your kids, and whenever they are having a hard time, so are you. It's important to sit them down and discuss the upcoming changes so they can express their feelings with you and you can avoid stressful situations later.
Try to maintain your routine before, during and after your move to keep disruptions to your children's lives minimal. Military relocation is especially difficult for children because of the frequent relocation, so any stability you can bring to their lives will be beneficial and help keep your household harmonious. Allow your children to decorate their new rooms to give them something positive to anticipate, and remember to remain positive, supportive and understanding during the process.
Staying in touch with loved ones
Saying good-bye to your friends and family is one of the most stressful aspects of a military move. As you go through the transition of a military move, whether it is your first or one of many, there will likely be many people you must leave behind. Luckily, technology makes it so easy to keep touch with loved ones, no matter how far you go. Making a point to use social media, texting, or video chat on a regular basis to communicate with those dear to you will help you to adjust to your new home and alleviate any moving-related stress.
Finding a support group
Military relocation is always difficult transition for you and your family--especially if your spouse is currently deployed and you are handling the relocation alone. Luckily, the Canadian military offers many resources and support groups to get the help you need during this difficult and stressful time. Attending one of these support group meetings or participating in online forums with other people experiencing the same changes will give you a healthy outlet to express yourself. Reaching out to other people coping with similar situations and stress will certainly help you cope with your emotions and moving related frustrations.
Making new friends
One of the best ways to cope with moving stress is to make new friends. While it can sometimes be difficult to establish relationships with new people in an unfamiliar place, there are likely many other military families in your community who have also recently uprooted and moved to the area. These families are likely looking to form friendships as well, and since you can sympathize with each others' situations, it will make connecting that much easier.
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