Last year, I interviewed a group of travel nurses that relocated to Canada to ask about their perspectives on moving to a foreign country to work. Each had a unique view on their experience. However, they all shared one recurring theme: a sense of loneliness.
All of them commented on how they missed their family and friends and the effect of being in another country. For some, a foreign culture just added to that feeling of loneliness.
Loneliness is a feeling that most of us have experienced in our lives at one point or another. There are many factors which can result in feeling lonely, but there are things you can do to help yourself move on from those feelings. Below are a few tips which may help:
- Change your pattern of behaviorDon’t watch sad movies and listen to music that reminds you of home. Don’t dwell on your loneliness. Try to think positively and remember why you moved in the first place. You have the ability to control your happiness and you can make of this experience what you want!
- Keep busyJoin a church group, join a chat group on the internet, join an exercise group at the gym, get involved in a neighborhood committee, enroll in art or cooking classes, or start a new hobby! The point is to get out and do whatever it is you enjoy doing, or even trying something completely new, while broadening your exposure to new friends and experiences!
- Get a dogOwning a dog, or any pet for that matter, will do wonders for your soul! They are great companions, make you feel loved, needed, and they will give you a sense of responsibility. They will keep you busy with feeding them, walking them, and playing with them. Most cities have dog parks where you can take your pet to run around and, at the same time, mingle with other dog owners.
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