Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre

OP Family Readiness - May 2020

Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre, Welcome Package 2016

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DEPLOYMENT AND YOU FACTORS THAT AFFECT DEPLOYMENT STRESS LEVELS INDIVIDUAL FACTORS SEPARATION FACTORS DEPLOYMENT FACTORS - Personal Health - Personal coping abilities - Previous deployment experience - Attitude towards the assignment - Confidence in self, the military unit and the level of community resources and services available - Sense of security in the family and community relationship - Preparation time available - Previous family separation experience - Important family events during deployment - Nature and length of the mission - Ease of communication (accessibility, frequency, efficiency of system) - Geographical location (time zone, terrain, weather) - Living and working conditions COMMON REACTIONS TO STRESS PHYSICAL EMOTIONAL COGNITIVE REASONING ABILITY BEHAVIOURAL - Trembling, tics - Increased heart rate and blood pressure - Headaches - Gastrointestinal problems (constipation / vomiting) - Difficulty sleeping - Constant state of fatigue - Anxiety - Depression - Resentment - Feeling overwhelmed - Cynicism - Pessimism - Guilt - Anger - Memory loss - Difficulty with making decisions - Confusing important matters with trivial ones - Difficulty concentrating - Loss of attention span - Inability to complete projects - Sleep disturbances - Appetite changes - Increase in smoking or drinking - Accident prone - Decreased involvement with others - Procrastination – putting things off - Tendency to cry - Emotional

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