Because clearly I am an expert on being a deployed servicemember's spouse after three whole weeks.
STEP 1: Set a super-unrealistic goal for yourself.
For example, by the time my husband gets home, I will look like this:
STEP 2: Spend the first three weeks he's gone making absolutely no progress whatsoever toward your goal. In fact, try to get yourself a little bit further from accomplishing it, if you can.
For example, run a total of six miles in three weeks and eat a lot of queso. On tortillas made with lard. Wash it down with margaritas. Repeat.
RESULTS: Intead of thinking "I still have # weeks until he gets home. Woe. Misery. Despair." you will find yourself thinking "I only have # of weeks until he gets home! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!"
Heading back to Okinawa today, where a lengthy Deployment To Do List awaits. And not so terribly much time to get it all done. Perspective! It's what's for dinner. Along with vegetables and sensible portions of lean protein.