Contact with Friends and Family Improves Emotional Health
While on the road, you are susceptible to feeling lonely and disconnected. It’s important to make a conscious effort to frequently connect with family and friends while away for extended periods of time.
According to a mental health study, ‘feeling blue’ or anxious while you’re away is normal. The study suggests that an increase in these emotions is your body’s way to respond to change. These emotions may go away after you acclimate to the separation from friends and family. Rest assured, if you’ve been on the road for years and still feel blue, we have tips to help you connect with loved ones and feel closer than ever!
Technology is your best friend when it comes to staying connected with loved ones while on the road. Add these tips and programs to your must have/must do list for the next time you’re on the road.
Being able to see and speak to friends and family with live-time video chat is revolutionary. By using this service, you’re able to see facial expressions, body language, and the reactions to the stories you’re telling each other. Video chatting fosters a deeper connection than either texting or a phone call could provide.
Three Video chat apps you may want to consider:
- It’s Free!
- Accessible on a desktop or with a downloadable app for Android or iPhone
- Create an account and you’re set to go
- It’s Free!
- It is already on all Apple and Mac products (No download necessary!)
- Compatible with your Apple ID and existing contacts
- It’s Free!
- Accessible through your Google account (G-mail)
- Available on cell phones or desktop
For Your Phone
In this day and age, we have a cell phone with us almost every waking moment. As you saw above, those programs were available for both desktop and cellphone. The following applications are exclusive to cell phones, which is what makes them unique in their capabilities.
- This app is extremely popular with younger generations because the app has fun quirky filters and quick sharing ability between friends.
- As a driver, Snapchat can be useful for sending short video clips or pictures of where you are in the country, or of you just saying hello or I miss you!
- This app allows you to connect with your significant other. You can keep your relationship a priority while on the road!
- Couple allows texting, photo sharing, and video like other apps do, but it is only shareable between you and the other person.
- Couple’s unique capability is the ‘ThumbKiss.’ This is an in-app feature that allows you to send a virtual kiss to your loved one. You push your finger into the screen and the other person will be notified and push back. When this occurs, your phones will vibrate in real time. This feature is a nice quick way to let your partner know you’re thinking of them when you’re too busy to text or call.
Old School With a Twist
As previously mentioned in our emotional health blog post, reading is a great way to unwind and get away from screen time. Reading can also bring you closer to friends and family when you’re away. You can collectively choose a book to read, and then call or video chat about what you’ve been enjoying about the book, what you think is going to happen, and so on. Reading a book together creates depth and spark in somewhat repetitive conversations such as ‘how are you doing,’ ‘how was your day,’ etc.
Last, if you have kiddos at home, or even older friends and family who enjoy games, you may want to consider online games. After a long day of driving, you could play checkers, chess, and many other traditional boards or card games with your friends and family. Today’s technology provides apps for cell phones and desktops where you can play with people from all around the world or choose your opponent, which in this case would be a friend or family member.