As a military spouse, deployments are hard any day of the year. Being away from your loved one while trying to manage work and kids can be really difficult.
Out of all the days spent away on deployment, Valentine’s Day is one of the toughest. You can’t help but notice happy couples everywhere while you’re stuck thousands of miles away from your sweetheart.
If you’re facing Valentine’s Day alone this year while your spouse is deployed, read on to learn some tips to make the most of the day and cure your heartache!
Spend Time With Your Kids
Your spouse might be away, but you can still celebrate your love for your kids on Valentine’s Day! In fact, your kids are probably missing Mom or Dad just as much as you are, and could certainly use your love and attention. Take the time to plan an activity that your whole family enjoys for Valentine’s Day. Watching a movie or going for a hike as a family can be a great way to celebrate the holiday together!
Make Gifts for Your Spouse
Another great way to beat away the loneliness this Valentine’s Day is to make some gifts for your deployed spouse. This is perfect if you’re hoping to connect with your spouse on Valentine’s Day, even if you can’t be there in person. You could make some homemade treats and Valentine’s Day cards, or even shop around for some books or goodies that your spouse likes. If you want to send your spouse something more sentimental, you could take some pictures and video of you and your family as well!
Go Out With Friends
If you are a military spouse, you’re probably not the only one missing your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Reach out to your fellow military spouses and make plans for a nice dinner or show! Spending time with friends can help you to distract yourself and enjoy Valentine’s Day even with your sweetheart gone.
Have a Skype Date With Your Spouse
Depending on your spouse’s situation, you might be able to spend Valentine’s Day together over Skype! To make your Skype date extra special you could share the same activities. For example, you could send over some homemade food and have dinner together. You could also watch a movie together, or share a coffee. Just because you’re thousands of miles apart doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate together!
Sometimes the best way to deal with Valentine’s Day as a military spouse is to just pretend it doesn’t exist. There’s nothing wrong with you if you don’t want to make a big deal out of the holiday. If you’re feeling like this, you can maintain a sense of normalcy by sticking to your regular routine. Don’t be afraid to pamper yourself a little either! Grab some ice cream and watch your favorite show, read a good book, or simply relax.
Are you a military spouse? What’s your favorite way to spend Valentine’s Day while your significant other is deployed? Leave a comment below!
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