Enhancing Your Commitment
During deployment, relationships may become strained because of the emotional stress of physical separation. You and your loved one must purposefully strive to remain emotionally close. The steps you each take will help you both feel secure in your commitment.
Commitment often means doing the right thing rather than the easy thing. You and your spouse need to express not only your love for one another, but also appreciation, acceptance, and support. Make an effort to communicate as frequently as possible, and keep that communication focused on strengthening your relationship.
In all relationships, there are disagreements, frustrations, and disappointments, but the two of you can manage these by keeping your expectations realistic and by managing your emotions. There are behaviors to avoid and behaviors to practice. This chapter will help you navigate the changes of deployment and keep the emotional bond you and your spouse share. Start the Module.
Put it into Practice:
- Enhancing Your Relationship Take Action
- Love Languages
- Relationship Goal Setting Template
- Relationship Goals Setting Worksheet
- Relationship Strengths Chart
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