Working as a traveling RN or Tech is incredibly fulfilling, but it comes with its own unique challenges. This includes celebrating the holiday season in an unfamiliar area where you might be further away from family and friends than you would like.
If you have loved ones within a reasonable traveling distance, you’re in luck! However if not, don’t worry. There are still lots of great ways to enjoy the season, find joy, and reflect on the coming year.
Here are a few ways to make this time of year a little brighter as a traveler.
Bring the holiday spirit to work
As a traveler, you’ll likely be expected to cover at least one of the holidays. The good news is that working the holiday shift actually sometimes makes things easier! Staying busy is a welcome distraction, and the friendships you build during those holiday shifts are incomparable—not to mention the extra money you’ll be earning! Stay focused on the positives, whether it’s brightening a patients’ holiday or giving another staff member the opportunity to celebrate with their family.
While you are working, you can make it a priority to have a little fun on break. Plan a potluck with other travelers at the hospital or organize a gift exchange with your co-workers in the Cath Lab. If it’s allowed, some shiny decorations and seasonal music can make the holiday shift even more enjoyable.
Celebrate old traditions and make new ones
Thanks to technology, you can still see your extended family even if you can’t be with them in person. Video calling services like FaceTime, Skype, and Messenger bring the celebration to you, even from hundreds of miles away. However, if you’d prefer to be in the same place, you could always plan to have your gathering once you return home. This time of year is about family and friends, the date on the calendar won’t change that.
If you travel with family, the holiday season offers a chance to make new traditions across the country. Check out the events and activities that are taking place in your area and join in.
The holidays are always exciting, but they can also be stressful. It is important to prioritize self-care, especially when you’re away from home. Planning time for the things you love can really make a difference. Whether it’s decorating your home away from home, enjoying outdoor activities with friends, or just relaxing with a cheesy holiday movie, be sure to make it happen.
No matter what you do, remember that December can be great even if it’s different than what you’re used to. With some thought and creativity, you can have a great holiday season while on assignment.
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