Talk frequently with your family.
- Plan video chats or phone calls that suit your schedule and theirs.
- Video calls allow you to see facial expressions and gestures and will help you to feel closer.
- Use technology, such as Facebook and Instagram to keep up with extended family and friends.
Build strong connections with other drivers.
- Find opportunities to connect with other drivers; have a chat and share a meal at a roadhouse.
- Lots of drivers use Facebook as their social media platform to connect with each other. It’s a way to share sights from the road and ask and answer questions.
- Step up and make the first move to build a new connection.
- Try new things and take part in new activities; this gives you more conversation starters.
- Focus on what you appreciate about your connection, for example you may appreciate that someone makes you laugh or is a good listener.
- Find things you have in common and focus on what you can share together.
Build a safe environment at home where you can trust and share openly.
- Really listen to your partner.
- Disagree fairly and respectfully.
- Breathe and calm down if you are too angry to really listen.
- Say what you need to in a calm, constructive manner.
- Don’t expect your partner to make you physically or emotionally well.
- Be in charge of your own wellness. Let your partner know if you need some time to rest or do some exercise. Don’t expect them to be able to read your mind.
- You can support your family in their personal wellness too.
Ask questions when you’re unsure.
- Listen without interrupting.
- Listen for facts and feelings that are not being described.
- Ask about what you think is missing from the conversation.
Prioritise your relationship.
- All relationships need nurturing and scheduled time for fun.
- Prioritise and schedule time to connect for the big moments in the lives of your family.
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