Updated: Apr 28
Dating as a truck driver means leaving for work also means leaving your significant other for a long period of time. This can put strain on even the healthiest relationships. It’s important to find ways to keep your relationships strong while you’re away and to work as a team, so that you can be rest assured you’re returning to happiness and comfort after a long trip.
Here are some great ways to keep your relationships healthy while you’re out on the road.
Always communicate. Whether it’s just a quick phone call, text, or email – stay in contact whenever you can. This doesn’t mean a constant overload (you still have a job to do, after all), but just touching base to tell someone you’re thinking about them, or how you’re feeling at the moment can really go a long way. Carving out time can be difficult at first, but having an open line of communication can really build strength and trust. Work as a team. Your significant other knows you have a hard job to do. But it’s important to remember that they are holding down the fort while you’re away too. Talk to each other and figure out solutions to problems together. You may not be there physically, but being on the other end of the line to lend a helping hand or verbal support will show that you’re still there for them.
Make routines special. It’s important to keep routines, and make the extra effort to make them special. For example, if you have to be away on work this year, don’t just call on your partner’s birthday. Make it special by sending a card and some flowers, or a gift from your travels. Going the extra mile to be thoughtful will make your bonds stronger. Keep a schedule. If you have trouble remembering birthdays, anniversaries, or even just to call, set up a schedule. You can easily create a Google Calendar to share with your significant other – they can add dates for you to remember, and you can follow-up accordingly. If you have trouble calling, set up days to keep a routine. For example, designate Tuesdays, and Thursdays as the days of the week you know to touch base and check-in with your family.
Keeping a strong relationship with your significant other doesn’t have to take a lot of extra work. If both parties make the effort to keep in contact and follow these steps, having a long-lasting and healthy bond with each other will become second nature. Source: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/moving?content_id=273084