My boyfriend has a 3 weeks on, 3 weeks off FIFO roster which he started earlier in the year. We originally moved to our current city for a job I had applied for and got, which turned out to be not anything like what I was sold in the interview and I was fired a few weeks in for asking why I wasn't being taught things as promised in the interview, which is a whole other story. I have been job hunting for 6 months now, and so far haven't had any luck. I am not from Australia so have no family for support here.
I have always suffered with bad anxiety and of course being home alone while he worked, even before he got his FIFO job, made it worse. I don't know anyone in the city we live in and the closest people I know are in another state and I can't visit due to borders etc. When he is home, everything is amazing and I feel so happy, we are looking to move soon to be near the beach and to be closer to where I will be studying next year, and we adopted a kitten from a shelter who helps me so much (I think she senses when I am upset or anxious as she immediately will climb onto me and curl up on my chest purring!). But when he is away, I am struggling with being lonely and having no friends here, we talk daily usually on whatsapp as he has no service and bad wifi there, but he works 12 hour days and by the time he gets off work he only has an hour or so before he needs to go to sleep.
We have an amazing relationship and he is so patient and understanding and kind, and I know he is doing this to make our financial situation much better than it ever has been, there is no resentment on either side and I know he is doing it for us, he feels just as bad leaving me behind, I just need some help with how to cope with the loneliness I guess, I don't know where or how to make friends, usually I make friends through my jobs but I wasn't at the last one long enough! Are there any groups etc for partners of FIFO workers that anyone knows of? Or any other suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thank you for reading :)