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Now that you've been home a few weeks, the joyful reunion is over and the rush of excitement has begun to fade. The flags have been put away and the welcoming ceremonies and celebrations with friends are over. Your life has suddenly become private again, giving you the chance to get back to a "normal" life at home.
Where do you start? How do you begin making life normal again, when "normal" now means something different than before you were deployed?1 Although returning home after deployment is often a time of incredible happiness, the transition back to your life at home can be difficult and stressful. This stress is a common reaction to situations faced by members of the military. Here are some tips to help you reintegrate into family life: