How to be Objective After Deployment
How to be objective after deployment? I did not thin about what happens after deployment. All I knew Josh was home and we were so excited! I spent weeks keeping the secret of his homecoming bottled inside because it was so uncertain, and then I had just a few days to prepare for his arrival when we realized it was really happening. Expectations were high. And I did not think at all what might happen after we picked him up at the airport. And no one really tells you what happens after deployment, how to be objective after deployment.
That night, Josh handed me a pamphlet called “Returning Home: Making Your Reunion a Good One.” As I read it, I wondered why I did not have access to the pamphlet in the weeks leading up to his return. It would have been so helpful! And I might have learned sooner how to be objective after deployment.
How To be Objective After Deployment- What Happens Afterward?
- The Deployed spouse feels out of the loop. Josh did not know where he fit anymore. In many ways I had literally edged him out of our room. All his little piles were off the dresser. His side of the bed now had twinkly lights the kids gave me. Our room had become my online yoga studio space. He did not have enough hangers for his clothes as I might have acquired a few new things.
- Too much information too fast will overwhelm the deployed spouse. I had a million things to talk to Josh about but felt that if I approached him too quickly, he would be completely overwhelmed. This turned out to be very true. And I had no way to understand what he had gone through. All I could think that he should be wanting to spend every waking minute with us.
- The spouse is jet lagged and it is noisy. Josh was jet lagged and overwhelmed by the noise and the work of having to unpack from six months of being gone.
- The Spouse at home is exhausted. My body was finally moving out of “survival” mode and the pressure of six months of handling things on my own crashed in on me. I found it disconcerting that I could not remember if Josh had been around for certain events or purchases for the house that we had made. Did they happen before or during the deployment and why could I not remember?
- Family routines would need to shift. We had made new family routines that would probably shift now that Josh was home. I did not necessarily tell him about all these little changes because they just evolved as I figured things out. It is hard to know how to be objective after deployment.
- The reunion will need time to happen. I noticed that reunion would not be a single event at the airport as I had seen pictured in my friends Instagram accounts (and which I posted in mine.) Our reunion would happen over time. Josh and I would need to rely on each other again. The kids would need to spend time with him one on one. We would need to learn to communicate our needs again and share household tasks. We would need to have fun together. And this could not all happen in one day. We looked forward to a spring break trip together. We were able to reconnect in Hot Springs, AR.
- Life just goes on. I wish I would have been able to set aside the day we picked Josh up from the airport to do nothing else but be together as a family. As it turned out, Bear had a Christmas dance performance to attend. So we left Josh at home to unpack. And the next day was not any better. Josh spent hours at work doing paperwork so he could take R and R, I taught four yoga sessions, and the kids did school at home. Josh came home frustrated, hungry, and exhausted from the red tape and jet lag. I still had not had a quality conversation with Josh and that was not the moment. My expectations were too high.
- Finances will need to be discussed. Then we get to the finances. We did not see any of Josh’s deployment pay until after deployment. I spent six months doing what I do well; making my life easier by paying for convenience. Josh does not function in this way, this is why it is good we have each other to balance things out. Real conversations needed to be had about how to go forward with our money management now that Josh was home. No more weekly Door Dash, no more monthly road trip adventures, no more yard care service. Now we could work together. Now we could discuss what adventures to save for as a family. Adjustments needed to be made because I was no longer in survival mode and “treat myself because I deserve it” mode.
How to Be Objective After Deployment and Yoga
What does this have to do with Yoga? I had to learn about Sakshi, meaning witness. I needed to find objectivity in this area of my life. I needed to become less reactive and more observant. This is how to be objective after deployment.
Our days are spent in reaction to outside influences, which make us deeply involved and attached to our surroundings. This can be stressful. Instead, we can step away from a personal situation and observe it from the outside. Then there is nothing personal about it. This is how to be objective after deployment.
How to be objective after military deployment and what happens after deployment? We will be just fine. This is not the hardest time our marriage has ever had. This is just another moment that we will come through. This is just another time that I can learn to witness so that peace and harmony are cultivated instead of stress and sadness. And we really do love each other, see? This is what happens after military deployment when we learn how to be objective after deployment!
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