Life as a travel nurse has great perks (i.e. adventure, meeting new friends, resume-building, etc). Forming new friendships is a beyond awesome reward for embarking on the travel nurse journey. But, there may also be dear friends and family members that you’ve left at home, creating feelings of homesickness. As many travel nurses will share with you, it’s actually quite common to feel homesick while on assignment. You have after all left many familiar people, places and things. If you are experiencing a longing for home and want to know how to deal with it, keep reading. Here we share some easy ways to combat feelings of homesickness.
1.) Social Media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) is a quick and easy way to keep in touch with family/friends. Update your status or upload a picture collage to let your loved ones back home know how you’re doing and what you’re up to. You could also invite them to video chat, Skype or Facetime with you.
2.) Do you have any of your favorite family/friend photos? Bring them with you on your assignment. You can always purchase inexpensive frames and place these photos around your apartment to help remind you of your loved ones and the good times you’ve shared. Add more pictures to your collection as you continue traveling. Bring with you keepsakes from home as well. They will help bring a sense of familiarity and cheerfulness to your apartment. Sometimes it helps to make your living space feel a little like home.
3.) A surefire way to ease homesickness is to invite family and friends to visit. You provide them with the chance to share in your adventures, and you get to enjoy their company. It’s a win-win opportunity for everyone!
4.) This may sound a bit old-fashioned, but how about writing a letter to those you miss? Not everyone communicates via social media. Writing a letter is a great way to keep in touch with others, especially when you need more than 140 characters. You can also maintain a journal with your letters and photos to look at when those feelings are particularly strong.
Homesickness does make it difficult to adjust to a new assignment, but there’s good news! The feelings do ease. What’s important is that you don’t allow fear of feeling homesick stop you from having a great career as a travel nurse. Happy Traveling!