Traveling as a nurse can be fun and interesting; seeing new places and meeting new people. Sometimes, however, you might experience a little homesickness. This is natural, and not something to be unduly worried about. Here are a few things you can do to relieve that nagging homesick feeling.
Take along keepsakes
Take things with you that will remind you of home and help you to connect with home. This could include things like keepsakes and photo albums. If you have a pet, take them with you.
Explore your new location
Homesickness is worse when we are idle, so get out and about. Become a tourist for a while and explore your new location. Find cultural attractions to see and places to shop. You can learn a lot about your area, things to see and do from your co-workers. Ask them where the good restaurants are and what things are worth seeing.
Depending on your talents and interests, this could involve doing almost anything. Join organizations that align with your interests, take classes, volunteer.
Keep in touch
Take time to keep in touch with family and friends. These days there are a lot of ways to do this, by phone, email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Seeing familiar faces and hearing familiar voices will help to relieve some of the anxiety you may feel at being away from them.
Keep a journal
This is more of a cathartic activity. It allows you to express your thoughts and feelings about being homesick. Just articulating them can help you to feel better.
You can also use it to record your activities and the things you see and do. It doesn’t always have to be just writing – you can incorporate photographs as well to show the places you have been and record your mood.
Don’t let homesickness prevent you from taking care of yourself. Get to the gym and workout regularly. This will go a long way toward improving your mood and give you more energy. You will feel better and the homesickness won’t seem as bad.
Also make sure to get enough sleep and eat healthy too.
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