In this episode, we’re going to be hearing from someone who has seen life through a lens that many can relate to but that many more of us can’t even imagine. There is a large percentage of Americans who have served our country in heroic ways. These men and women put their lives on the line and enter situations the majority of us will never know about. So what’s it like for these brave souls to return home? Joe served as a Marine in Iraq after 9/11 and discusses the struggles of readjusting to life back home after returning from an 8-month deployment.
- Self-awareness is key. Ask yourself why you feel the way you do or why you’re responding the way you are
- Always look forward
- Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
- Get perspective!
- Remain curious and listen to others. Even if you disagree, you can learn.
- Welcome accountability and responsibility to keep you on track
- Compartmentalize deployment world from non-deployment world
- Keep a routine but invite new hobbies into your life
- If you or a loved one needs support after returning from a deployment, here are some resources recognized by the Department of Defense
- US Department of Veteran’s Affairs also offers a range of services
- For immediate veteran’s assistance, dial 1-800-273-8255
- Dealing with your own life transition? Reach out to Theresa for a complimentary 60-minute session.