5 Ways Travel Nurses Cope with Homesickness

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Travel nursing is an exciting and rewarding career, especially for those who want a sense of freedom and adventure. However, travel nurses can also deal with omesickness from time to time. There is nothing wrong with feeling homesick, especially when you are a new travel nurse or have not traveled in some time. It’s an adjustment, but with some timing and some great coping mechanisms, you’ll soon fall in love with your newfound sense of flexibility and opportunity.

Here are five great ways you can deal with homesickness:

1. Bring a piece of home with you
One of the best ways to combat homesickness is by bringing something that you love from your permanent home with you while you travel. This could be a favorite blanket or pillow, or a small knickknack or poster that you want to put up in your new space. This will help to create a sense of familiarity and comfort, and aid in soothing feelings of nostalgia, depression, and anxiety.

2. Check in with friends and family
If you’re missing your loved ones, you can always give them a call. In fact, with the advent of so much cool and fun technology, you can also video chat them and get to talk face-to-face. You can send each other text messages and photos, chit chat on the phone and talk about good news, or schedule a video chat and have a good laugh. It’s amazing what some laughter and love can do!

3. Cook one of your favorite dishes
There’s a reason why certain dishes are called “comfort food,” and we’re not saying you should eat your feelings, but once in a while it’s so nice to make a dish you remember your loved ones making for you. It could be your favorite childhood dish, or maybe a dessert that your grandmother or spouse would make for you. Not only can cooking be calming, but you’ll get to taste something that will remind you of home!

4. Keep a journal
Journaling is a very effective way to deal with our emotions, and it can help change the way we view the world. You can express more gratitude, write about memories and happy events that happen so we can revisit them later, and it also lets us heal emotionally.

We have the space to write anything we want about how we feel without having to worry about someone reading it. You can write about home as much as you want in it (be sure to include some happy and funny stories!) and you’ll see after just a week or so how effective journaling can be when ti comes to managing our homesickness. It’s a great form of therapy.

5. Make some time for exercise (and find a workout buddy!)
Exercise isn’t just for losing weight and staying thin, it’s also a great way to boost feel-good hormones in the body. Try to make some time each week to exercise either by yourself, or if you’d like some added company, try finding a workout buddy! Not only will you get all those “happy hormones” from working out, but you might also get a good laugh in with your new workout partner.

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