With hectic schedules, frequent TDY's, and upbeat training tempos, it's no surprise that stress and disconnection are two of service couple's greatest challenges. While service members report that stress and limited bandwidth lead to feelings of disconnection, spouses and families report that disconnection leads to greater levels of stress. While these two realities seem opposing, simple, proven practices can help counteract the effects of stress and disconnection in as little as 30 seconds to 30 minutes a day. If you are looking to reintegrate as a family after a long TDY/deployment or simply want to decompress while keeping the day-to-day connection alive, try the following evidence-based practices. Whether the desire is to combat stress or deepen connection, small actions often will pay dividends for generations to come.