This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 1 Natural Way, a TRICARE breast pump provider. All opinions are entirely my own.
Life is a rollercoaster of emotions during deployments. You have your highs, and you definitely have your lows.
Having an outlet is essential to balancing those emotions, and expressing what you’re going through in a private space. Starting a deployment journal is a super easy, and effective, way of doing this.
Creating a deployment journal doesn’t cost much, and it doesn’t take a lot of energy, or time. Which is perfect, especially if you’re a spouse juggling single parenting, work, and the everyday household duties that come along with it.
What is a Deployment Journal?
It’s simply a notebook you create for yourself to record feelings and events during your spouse’s deployment. The best part is you can use it however you want – maybe you want to record all the memorable little things from your day to share with your spouse, or maybe you want to use it as a personal vent space where you can share your feelings. It’s totally up to you.
How Do You Start A Deployment Journal?
All you need is a pen and some paper (or a computer) – it’s that simple, right?
Well, it should be that simple. But add life to the mix – including motherhood and those dreaded deployments, and well, finding time to journal just got a lot more complicated.
But you can get creative with your time.
When your spouse is gone, and you’re a one-woman show, you have to get creative with your time. This means multi-tasking when possible, and being super productive, even when you just want to lay in bed. Trust me, I know how it is when you’re pressed for time and energy as you try to survive deployment.
But military spouses are adaptive, and creative multi-taskers – so you can totally squeeze in the time to write.
Sitting at soccer practice? Whip out your journal and jot some thoughts down! Waiting for dinner to cook in the oven? Sit down at the table and get to writing! Pumping for the baby? Write an entry in your journal!
It might sound silly, but when my daughter was born, my milk supply was low, so I found myself pumping often throughout the day. At first, I hated having to sit there when I could be up doing things around the house. But I started to use my pumping sessions as downtime, so I could do things for myself, like writing.
Pumping became a date with my journal, and of course, my essential Tricare breast pump. If you’re in the market for a breast pump, 1 Natural Way offers the popular Medela, Spectra, and Kiinde brands. And you can use your Tricare insurance plan (which means no out-of-pocket expenses!). They offer all breast pump models, including the Medela Freestyle, the Spectra S1 Breast Pump, and the Medela Pump in Style Tote/Backpack.
When it was time to pump, I’d go to a quiet room where I could write in private. I wouldn’t have been able to use my hands to write without my pump’s hands-free accessory, which 1 Natural Way also offers in their line of breast pump accessories, compression socks and postpartum care supplies. If you don’t have a hands-free accessory to work with your pump, check out 1 Natural Way, which has the popular Medela, Spectra, and Kiinde brands.
Writing while pumping was an ideal time to focus on my journal because it had all the elements that encourage free-flow thinking, creative expression, and reflection.
Wherever, and whenever, you find time to journal, you’ll need a few essentials.
What you need to start:
- A comfortable space that allows you to take some quiet time to focus and reflect
*Note: I love traditional pen and paper, but if you prefer typing, have at it!
Reasons to Start a Deployment Journal:
There are so many benefits to journaling, especially for women that have a lot on their plate. Because you have the freedom to write what you want in your deployment journal, there are so many reasons why you should start. Here are just a few:
You should begin writing in a deployment journal because you can…
1. Record memories and milestones from your everyday life that you don’t want to forget to tell your spouse.
2. Use it to vent and get your thoughts out, helping you to express any feelings you have bottled up inside.
3. Re-read entries to self-reflect and show how far you’ve come as you handled everything on your own (and count down the days until the deployment is over!).
4. Allow writing to help you be more mindful and present in your everyday life by noticing the little details from your day, especially when you feel like life is on “pause” while your spouse is away.
A deployment journal is your own personal space. Use it best how it works for you; there really aren’t any rules, just have fun with it. Make it your own, and I’m positive that it will become something you look forward to writing in.
When the deployment is over, I hope that you’ll continue your journaling journey. You can create a new journal on any theme you want if you find that it’s a practice you’d like to continue.
What will you use your deployment journal for? Let me know in the comments!