Your spouse is deployed, and you support them. The experience has been an emotional rollercoaster, but you have friends, family, and support groups to help you cope with the fact that the call later that day may not come. Anxiety, worry, and fear blanket everything you do. If you have children, the emotional weight of your service member being deployed is even heavier.
With all this being said, what is the one characteristic all strong military relationships have? The answer is connection. They make their connection to one another a priority, and they work to communicate as much as possible when it’s available for them to do so. What’s more, the connection doesn’t have to mean a direct line to your spouse, either. Connection can mean so many different things to help you and your service member through this time. Connections to friends, family, and other military spouses all play a role in keeping you connected to the community and yourself.
At Sapphire, we work to provide a three-in-one device to our service members and their spouses that they can rely on to stay connected. We understand that connection, whether it’s to your service member, your community, or yourself, is vital in carrying the emotional weight.
In fact, this post is about how you can stay connected to your service member while they are deployed. But before you continue reading this post, go shop for the Sapphire MiFi device online now. It’s the one device you and your spouse will use the most to stay connected, as well as rely on when you have a moment to communicate.
5 Ways To Stay Connected To Your Service Member
Communication is mandatory in strong military relationships. It’s a non-negotiable. The military relationships that weather the storms that come with the military life start with communication. Here are five ways to stay connected:
#1. Talk Whenever You Can
As a military spouse, you will find that five minutes here and 20 minutes there is all you get with your service member sometimes. Take it. Take every second you can get communicating with your spouse — even if it’s to stay on the line in silence. Simply knowing that you can talk will help you quell any tumultuous emotions stirring in your soul.
#2. Actively Listen
You may want to interrupt your service member and tell them how much you love them, but, first, listen. They are dealing with some deep, emotional situations that they need to talk about. They are sharing these moments with you because they care about you — and they trust you. Ask questions when you can. But, at the end of the day, listen.
#3. Share Everything
Share thoughts, emotions, feelings, and more — even if it’s uncomfortable. You and your service member need to know that you are both struggling and/or conquering the day together, even if you’re on the other side of the world from one another. It’s encouraging and grounding at the same time when you hear someone else say that they, too, are dealing with emotions they’ve never felt before.
#4. Tell Them When You Think Of Them
Whether it’s a five page letter or a single line of text, send it to your spouse. A simple note saying that you’re thinking of them is enough to fuel their emotional engine until you talk over the phone or camera next.
#5. Plan How You Will Stay In Touch
Whether that be your service member calling you first, or you plan on confirming via email when both of you are available, make a plan. Granted, the plan will need to be flexible based on deployment situations and duties, but you will have some semblance of structure to lean on when things get emotionally tough. Remember, stay flexible, and keep your communication device close by at all times.
Three-In-One Hotspot Device
Your relationship with your service member relies on connection. When your service member has time to communicate, the internet connection needs to be available and reliable. The Sapphire MiFi device provides a three-in-one connection device that acts like a hotspot, SIM card, and WiFi device so that you and your service member can stay connected.