Thriving in Isolation: Strategies for Overcoming Loneliness on Assignment


Ashley Hotovec | July 18th, 2023

Let’s keep it real: sometimes being on the road can get pretty lonely. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back with some helpful strategies to help you cope with the feels.

  1. Give yourself a break. It’s totally okay to feel lonely when you’re far from home and your crew. Don’t pretend you’re not feeling it. Instead, acknowledge your emotions and let yourself experience them.
  2. Chat it out. Reach out to a trusted friend, family member, therapist, or counselor who can lend an ear. Talking about your feelings can be a game-changer and help you come up with coping strategies.
  3. Embrace the local scene. Dive into your community by joining a local gym, taking a fun class, or even volunteering. Getting involved is a surefire way to meet cool new people and make some friends along the way.
  4. Set boundaries, my friend. It’s crucial to establish boundaries with your coworkers and patients. This way, you can protect your precious time and energy, leaving some for yourself.
  5. Self-care is key. Make sure you’re catching enough Zs, chowing down on healthy grub, and breaking a sweat regularly. Taking care of your physical and mental well-being will help you combat loneliness like a champ.
  6. Enjoy the things you love. Carve out time for activities that light your fire, whether it’s getting lost in a good book, exploring the great outdoors, or cuddling up with your furry friends. Doing what you love will help you unwind and de-stress.
  7. Reach out for a helping hand. If the loneliness feels overwhelming, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Your travel nursing agency, a therapist, or a support group can offer valuable resources and support.

Remember, you’re not alone in feeling lonely. It’s a common experience for travel nurses. By embracing these strategies, you’ll be conquering loneliness and thriving on your assignments like a boss.

Additional tips for kicking loneliness to the curb:

  • Stay connected with your loved ones back home through technology. Video chats and messages will keep those bonds strong.
  • Take the time to get to know your coworkers. Even if you’re not BFFs, having colleagues you can connect with can make a huge difference.
  • Explore your new surroundings. Go out and uncover the hidden gems in your city or town. You never know who you’ll meet or what amazing memories you’ll make.
  • Prioritize your mental health. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or down, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.

Loneliness happens, but it doesn’t have to define your travel nursing experience. By following these strategies, you’ll stay connected, make new friends, and keep your mental health in check. You’ve got this!

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