Summer is usually a time to slow down a bit, relax and catch up with friends and family. As we continue to creep out of isolation, this summer offers us an opportunity to connect in ways we haven’t been able to in a long time. At the same time, for many military families, it is a time for gearing up and getting ready for the next PCS, deployment or welcoming a loved one home.
Especially now, when our social climate and interactions are veering toward a new “normal,” carving out some time to safely gather and interact with others may be a welcome respite from the last year and a half. Additionally, creating some time to just sit in the sunshine, go to a body of water, fish, lie in a hammock, take the family on a picnic or have some alone time will help to serve us well if we are facing a PCS or a deployment. Balance is key and self-care is essential during times when there are added responsibilities.
Reaching out to our military family and support systems during this time may be helpful. It is a chance to connect, and in some cases, relive fond memories until next time we meet. We are also a source of strength and help for one another as we transition into our next duty station. The support systems we have in the military and in one another help us to find balance so that we may enjoy this time of year by slowing down and being able to get everything done if we need to gear up. For this I am grateful. Wishing y’all a relaxing and smooth summer.