Friday, 11 March 2016

Coping With Homesickness: 6 Ways to Overcome Loneliness on the Road

You’re back on the road again after a few glorious days at home, and all seems to be going fine until you realize just how much you miss it. Sure, home can be a headache sometimes, what with the chores, household responsibilities, and tending to children (and/or pets). But home is home. There’s no other place like it. And sometimes when you’re on the road, you just get overwhelmed with a sense of homesickness. So how do you cope with it? Keep reading to find out exactly how you can beat loneliness and homesickness on the road.

#1 Make Communicating a Priority

One of the biggest ways you can overcome homesickness is by connecting to people back home. Reach out through phone calls, Skype dates, text messages, or emails. Anything that allows you to participate in what’s going on back home is a great way to overcome loneliness. Skype or FaceTime works the best because it allows you to see your loved one's faces and be able to communicate like you’re in the same room together.

#2 Stick to Your Routine

So I know this might be a little bit of a challenge for truckers, whose schedules differ depending on the load, but try to stick to the routine you have at home as much as possible. Bring your items from home, make dinner at the same time, or do whatever else you would normally do when you’re not on the road. Trust us; it will help you remember home, and will help you feel more connected to being there.

#3 Workout

You’ve heard that when you work out that it improves your overall happiness and wellbeing, right? Exercising helps your body produce endorphins, which work to improve your mood and attitude. It will also keep your mind busy while you’re on your mandatory breaks. And if you need any help thinking of exercises designed just for truckers to do in their cab, check out this TruckLogics blog.

#4 Bring Someone Along

Trucking companies are now rewriting their policy so that drivers can bring along their significant others and/or pets! If you feel like life on the road would be more enjoyable with someone trucking along with you, consider your options and talk with your company to see what they allow. And pets are a great way to keep your mind occupied on the road so consider visiting an animal shelter to adopt or bring Fido with you from home.

#5 Sightsee

Maybe you’ve tried everything but nothing seems to be working to kick that homesickness out. Well, what about if you tried embracing that you’re away from home and do more tourist activities? You get the awesome perk of being able to see the entire country already because you’re a truck driver, so why not get out of your truck and enjoy the sights a little more? Need help knowing where to go and stop? If so, take a look at our blog for seven must-see places truckers need to visit before they retire.

#6 Meet Up with Fellow Truckers

One of the great things about this industry is that you’re never alone. You’re surrounded by other truckers doing the same thing you do on a daily basis. So why not catch up with some buddies and agree to meet at a truck stop for dinner? Some of the best company you can find and the best cure for loneliness on the road is with your brothers and sisters in the trucking industry.

How do you deal with loneliness and homesickness on the road? Let us know what you do in the comment section below or share it with us on our Facebook page.

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