Skip to main navigation Skip to main content Skip to footer
  • For Medicare
  • For Providers
  • For Brokers
  • For Employers
  • Search
    Search
    Español
  • For Individuals & Families:
  • For Individuals & Families:
  • Shop for Plans

    Shop for Plans

    • Plans through your employer
    • Learn about the medical, dental, pharmacy, behavioral, and voluntary benefits your employer may offer.
    • Explore coverage through work
  • Log in to myCigna
  • Log in to myCigna
  • Shop for Plans

    Shop for Plans

  • Member Guide
  • Find a Doctor
  • Home Knowledge Center Self-Care After Returning from Military Deployment

    Self-Care Strategies after Returning from Military Deployment

    Deployment can be very different from daily life at home. The experiences you have while deployed may lead to stress reactions, even after returning home.

    You can’t change what happens due to deployment, but you may be able to manage the stress better by taking good care of yourself.

    Self-care can help you to feel stronger and more resilient. This may make it easier to cope and adapt as you transition back to home life. Here are some self-care tips that may help.

    • Remember that you are normal. Feeling stressed is a normal response to unusual events or conditions you have experienced.
    • Talk to people about your experiencesother veterans, friends, loved ones, your minister, or a counselor. Discussing the events may help you to process them and work through your reactions.
    • When talking isn’t possible, try writing out your thoughts and feelings. You don’t have to share them with anyone else. Just putting your experience into words can help you understand your feelings and emotions. Writing may also help reduce your sense of stress.
    • Try relaxation methods. Deep breathing, meditation, mindfulness practice, or yoga may help release tension and bring a sense of calm.
    • If you find yourself feeling guilty because you survived and others did not, seek support to address these feelings.
    • Make time for meaningful and enjoyable activities. It could be reading a good book, spiritual practices, or getting outdoors for a walk. It may mean trying something new.
    • Exercise can be helpful. Even moderate activity, such as walking, helps counter stress reactions. Talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
    • Drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, should be avoided.
    • Be productive and make necessary decisions. But avoid making major life changes until you are fully readjusted.
    • Think about what you can control in your life. Work at letting go of the things you can’t control.
    • Other people may not know what’s important to you. Tell them what you need and want, as well as what you don’t.
    • Take care of health basics. Get enough sleep to feel well rested. Eat regular, healthy meals. It may not be appealing or easy to do this. Make it a priority. Get help if needed for any sleep or eating issues.
    • Be patient with yourself, not critical. Recurring thoughts, upsetting memories, and restlessness can be part of your experience. Allow yourself to adjust at your own pace. Be as kind to yourself as you would be to a loved one in a similar situation.

    Tags

  • Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Self Care
  • This material is provided by Cigna HealthcareSM for informational/educational purposes only. It is not medical/clinical advice. Only a health care professional can make a diagnosis or recommend a treatment plan. For more information about your behavioral health coverage, you can call the customer service or the behavioral health telephone number listed on your health care identification card.

    I want to...
  • Get an ID card
  • File a claim
  • View my claims and EOBs
  • Check coverage under my plan
  • See prescription drug list
  • Find an in-network doctor, dentist, or facility
  • Find a form
  • Find 1095-B tax form information
  • View the Cigna Healthcare Glossary
  • Contact Cigna Healthcare
  • Audiences
  • Individuals and Families
  • Medicare
  • Employers
  • Brokers
  • Providers
  • Secure Member Sites
  • myCigna member portal
  • Health Care Provider portal
  • Cigna for Employers
  • Client Resource Portal
  • Cigna for Brokers
  • The Cigna Group Information
  • About Cigna Healthcare
  • The Cigna Group
  • Careers
  • Newsroom
  • Investors
  • Suppliers
  • Third Party Administrators
  • International
  • Evernorth Health Services
  • Cigna Healthcare. All rights reserved.
  • Privacy
  • Legal
  • Product Disclosures
  • Company Names
  • Customer Rights
  • Accessibility
  • Non-Discrimination Notice
  • Language Assistance [PDF]
  • Report Fraud
  • Sitemap
  • Cookie Settings
  • Disclaimer

    Individual and family medical and dental insurance plans are insured by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (CHLIC), Cigna HealthCare of Arizona, Inc., Cigna HealthCare of Illinois, Inc., Cigna HealthCare of Georgia, Inc., Cigna HealthCare of North Carolina, Inc., Cigna HealthCare of South Carolina, Inc., and Cigna HealthCare of Texas, Inc. Group health insurance and health benefit plans are insured or administered by CHLIC, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (CGLIC), or their affiliates (see a listing of the legal entities that insure or administer group HMO, dental HMO, and other products or services in your state). Accidental Injury, Critical Illness, and Hospital Care plans or insurance policies are distributed exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of The Cigna Group Corporation, are administered by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, and are insured by either (i) Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (Bloomfield, CT); (ii) Life Insurance Company of North America (“LINA”) (Philadelphia, PA); or (iii) New York Life Group Insurance Company of NY (“NYLGICNY”) (New York, NY), formerly known as Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. The Cigna Healthcare name, logo, and other Cigna Healthcare marks are owned by The Cigna Group Intellectual Property, Inc. LINA and NYLGICNY are not affiliates of The Cigna Group.

    All insurance policies and group benefit plans contain exclusions and limitations. For availability, costs and complete details of coverage, contact a licensed agent or Cigna Healthcare sales representative. This website is not intended for residents of New Mexico.

    Selecting these links will take you away from Cigna.com to another website, which may be a non-Cigna Healthcare website. Cigna Healthcare may not control the content or links of non-Cigna Healthcare websites. Details