Socializing as Stress Relief
As the old adage goes, "Strangers are just friends waiting to happen." It can be difficult to leave friends and family behind for a 13-week travel nurse contract, but there is always an opportunity to meet new people who can help ease your loneliness. In fact, studies have shown that socializing can greatly improve your health and wellbeing. At first, it may be difficult to find a niche and settle in at your new location, but when you do, the time spent there will fly by!
According to Psychology Today, making time to connect with others can help you live longer, decrease the risk of dementia, and boost feelings of well-being. No matter where you are placed, an important and essential act of self-care will include caring for others.
Don't set your expectations too high for yourself! You can't expect to get there and immediately have a handful of people you can call to go to the movies at the drop of a hat. And that's okay! While you're getting acclimated, get situated by simply taking a walk around your new neighborhood and workplace, waving hello to everyone you see. Friendly faces and smiles from strangers will help you get your feet wet in your new surroundings and also boost your confidence at work.
When the Going Gets Tough
Having a friend at work can make all the difference when times get tough. Shape Magazine discussed a university study that showed the most emotionally-supportive friendships come out of the workplace, and they help create a buffer between you and any work stress you are experiencing.
No matter what activities you enjoy, you will surely find someone who shares your interests. Whether it's creating a weekly board game night, finding a gym buddy, or volunteering at a local charity that has meaning to you, every interpersonal interaction will help you feel better!
Make New Friends, But Keep the Old
Despite all of your new connections, it can be just as comforting to catch-up with old ones, as well! Make time for a "Skype date" with relatives back home over coffee at your new favorite local café. You're still out getting some fresh air, and you get to see a familiar face that reminds you of home. They may provide the surge of positive energy you need to recharge your mindset while on assignment.
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