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Dealing with Homesickness When You’re On the Road

Being a truck driver can mean spending a significant amount of time away from home. If you have a partner and/or children, spending this much time away from your family can be mentally wearing. It is important when you are on the road to stay in a positive headspace to manage being alone effectively. Here are some ways to deal with homesickness when on the road:

Stay Connected

In the modern age of technology, it can be easy to stay connected with family and friends no matter where you are in the country. Sending texts or emails back and forth with family will help you stay in the loop of their lives and keep them informed where you are. Skype or FaceTime are a great smartphone apps to stay in touch with family on a more intimate and personal level. Know that if you do start to feel homesick, you can always pick up the phone and give your family a call. Send some little trinket souvenirs home to your kids while on the road to keep them excited and engaged in your life.

Enjoy Time Alone

Just because you are alone on the road doesn’t mean you are lonely. Spending time alone is a great way to discover more about yourself and soul search. You will become a more mentally strong person as you learn to love yourself and your own company.
Being alone is also a great time to read or enjoy a new hobby. Reading or taking on a new hobby will help keep your mind off of home and improve you as a person. No matter what you read, there is always something to be taken/learnt from a piece of literary work.
You can also use this time to listen to and appreciate music. Bring a device that has some of your favourite songs on it so you can jam out when you have free time. 

Exercise

Fight homesickness with endorphins. Exercising daily has been proven to improve both mental and physical health. Even just a couple minutes of exercise can elevate your mood drastically and make you feel lively again. After exercising, your body releases endorphins which are hormones sent to your brain that make you feel good and alert. Maintaining a good fitness level will also help reduce the risk of back pain and keep you mentally sharp on the road.

Plan a Route

Work with us at FTI to help plan a route that best suits you and your home life. Routes can be planned that will have you home for dinner every night with your family.

Being out on the road isn’t always easy, but these tips can truck drivers stay connected with everyone back home.







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