8 Ways to Deal with Homesickness on an Allied Travel Job
Traveling for work is definitely a commitment. In many cases, you are required to leave your family and friends for several weeks or months. It is natural for anyone to feel homesick when in a new environment. Allied travel professionals are unsung heroes who travel around the country every day saving lives. Just know, you are not alone! Here are 8 ways to deal with homesickness while on an allied travel job.
Bring little reminders with you
This may sound cliché, but home is what you make it. Do you have a special blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, etc. that reminds you of home? Bring it with you. Keep photos of your family and friends at your new desk or in your new apartment. You can even go with your kids to build a bear and record each of your voices to be played when squeezing the bear. Also, decorate your new living situation like a room in your home (without spending too much time or money).
Explore your new city
Downtime is often when people feel homesick in any situation. This is why it is important to keep your mind and body active. One major pro of any allied travel job is having the opportunity to explore a variety of new cities and states. Get out of your apartment and take a walking tour. Check out a museum or local park. Meet your new coworkers for a drink or bite to eat. If you treat your new assignment more like a vacation then a job, then you will realize it is only temporary. You might as well have fun while on the road!
Exercise may not be your top priority when on an allied travel job, but it should be at the top of your list. Allowing yourself to be immersed in the homesickness could result in feelings of depression and anxiety. Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins can help fight anxiety and depression. Consistent exercise will also boost your immune system which helps if your feelings of homesickness result in any stomach pains. This is also an opportunity to engage and meet new people.
Stay connected on social media
Traveling for work in 2019 is a lot easier on the mind thanks to social media. It does not matter where we are in the world, we can always stay connected to our friends and family thanks to social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. You can stay updated on important milestones by going through all of the pictures and videos. You can engage through Facebook Messenger or by commenting on a post.
Schedule phone calls with home
Set up regularly scheduled phone calls with your kids, spouse, parents, friends, etc. This will give you something to look forward to every day or week. This will also put your mind at ease knowing exactly when you will be speaking with your friends or family. Also, with Facetime or Skype, you can physically see your family and friends in real time. This will feel like they are in the room with you. Your kids can show you their latest art installations or math tests. You can help your spouse pick out what to wear in the morning. Utilizing technology when on the road will keep you connected to home and make your assignment feel like a breeze.
Attend social events
These can either be for work or just for fun. Engaging with others in your new city will keep your brain active and distracted enough to not feel as homesick. You can join a local book club or go to a trivia night at a local bar. Ask your new coworkers what events are taking place that week. This may require you to step out of your comfort zone. Just going straight from home to work and work to home every day can result in feelings of homesickness and depression. While you are on this allied travel job to complete a task, it is always important to also have fun!
Pick up a new hobby
Taking on an allied travel job may also help you find your passion outside of the hospital or lab. Learn a new skill or take a class. Join a hiking or biking club. Become an expert at gardening or pottery. You can learn a new language or how to play the guitar. You will have plenty of down time when on an allied travel job so make sure to take advantage of it! This can also be as simple as going bowling or playing kickball. All that matters is that this new activity interests you and you are having fun!
Remember why you are here
Sometimes the best way to avoid being homesick is to remember why you left home in the first place. As an allied travel professional, you are filling a needed role at a medical facility. You could be helping to treat or prevent a deadly disease. You may be providing comfort or alleviating pain. Regardless of what your assignment is, you are helping others. Reminding yourself of your purpose will keep you grounded and can alleviate those feelings of homesickness. Just know you are appreciated by your patients, supervisors, friends, and family.
We will be with you every step of the way!
Let a recruiter be in your corner to help alleviate some of the homesick symptoms. Working with allied travel agencies when making your job decisions will save you time, money, and stress! MedPro provides training, support, and one-on-one guidance from start to finish. We have connections and established partnerships throughout the country to place you in the job of your dreams. Contact us today to get more information or start your journey!