How Teresa Giudice deals with loneliness while Joe is in prison -- and his promise to be better (Exclusive)

Teresa Giudice admits it is “lonely” at home while her husband, Joe, serves his prison sentence.

“How do I deal with it? Well, I have four daughters that keep me very, very busy!” she tells ET. “I'm not kidding, like, if you were to come to my house, your head would spin! And I have great friends, I have to say … between my four daughters and my friends and, you know, now my dad lives with me, my plate's full.”

“No joke, I'm like the Energizer Bunny,” Teresa continues. “I never stop going. But once I lay down, I'm done. So I have nothing to think about, except sleeping.”

So, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star doesn’t really give herself time to think about the loneliness -- or, she says, the future of her relationship with her husband of 18 years. He’s expected to be released in 2019, but Teresa says she’s not sure what their life will look like then.

“I'm not predicting the future anymore,” Teresa says. “You know when they ask you that question, where do you see yourself five years from now? Or, where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I'm never answering that question again … wherever, you know, life takes me, it'll take me. I'll embrace it fully. Whatever my journey is, it is.”

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Television personality Teresa Giudice is seen leaving 'Good Morning America' on November 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Sonja Morgan, Teresa Giudice, Kalliope Barlis, Noel Elie and Dolores Catania attend Phobia Relief Day on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Teresa Giudice attends Phobia Relief Day on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 30: Television personality Teresa Giudice attends a Jimmy DeLaurentis meet-and-greet at the World Market Center on July 30, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
MEDFORD, NJ - JUNE 09: Teresa Giudice competes in the Bikini Division of the NPC South Jersey Bodybuilding Championships on June 9, 2018 in Medford, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
MEDFORD, NJ - JUNE 09: Teresa Giudice competes in the Bikini Division of the NPC South Jersey Bodybuilding Championships on June 9, 2018 in Medford, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
LITTLE FALLS, NJ - JUNE 07: Teresa Giudice poses for a photoshoot before her first bodybuilding competition that was 2 days later. She competed in the 2018 NPC South Jersey Championships in the Bikini Division. She placed 3rd in the bikini division in the show. The photoshoot was on June 7, 2018 in Little Falls, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
BIMINI, BAHAMAS - MAY 05: (Images off Embargo 9.24.2018, Exclusive Coverage) Teresa Giudice, Margaret Josephs, Danielle Staub, and Melissa Gorga posing at Danielle's wedding on May 5, 2018 in Bimini, Bahamas. (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- 'Wives And Misdemeanors' Episode 901 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice, Margaret Josephs -- (Photo by: Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 22: Teresa Giudice attends WE tv Launches Bridezillas Museum Of Natural Hysteria on February 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for WE tv)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Teresa Giudice attends 'The Morning Breath' at Build Studio on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Teresa Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Teresa Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Teresa Giudice attends the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 - GIFTING LOUNGE on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 07: TV personality Teresa Giudice attends 'Sleigh' A Toys for Tots Event and Meet & Greet at Valanni on December 7, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Teresa Giudice attends her book signing for 'Standing Strong' at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Teresa Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Television personalities Dolores Catania, Siggy Flicker and Teresa Giudice visit 'Extra' at H&M Times Square on October 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images for Extra)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- Season:8 -- Pictured: Teresa Giudice -- (Photo by: Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
EAST HANOVER, NJ - MAY 18: Teresa Giudice attends the Gorga's Homemade Pasta & Pizza Grand Opening on May 18, 2017 in East Hanover, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: TV personality Teresa Giudice attend the Rookie USA Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Haddad)
TOWACO, NJ - JANUARY 13: RHONJ Teresa Giudice Poses For A Portrait At Her Home on January 13, 2017 in Towaco, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice attend the Hetrick-Martin Institute's 30th Annual Emery Awards: Help Me Imagine at Cipriani Wall Street on December 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: (L-R) Audriana Giudice, Milania Giudice, Gabriella Giudice, and Teresa Giudice attend BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for City Point)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: TV Personality Teresa Giudice attends BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for City Point)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Teresa Giudice hosts Inance Grand Opening Party on November 4, 2016 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Teresa Giudice -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MONTCLAIR, NJ - OCTOBER 27: Teresa Giudice arrives at the Fresco Da Franco Halloween Ball at Fresco Restaurant on October 27, 2016 in Montclair, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
UNCASVILLE, CT - OCTOBER 15: Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice walk the red carpet before the Ballroom After Party with Chrissy Teigen and LL Cool J for Mohegan Sun�s 20th Anniversary at Mohegan Sun on October 15, 2016 in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Mohegan Sun)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Teresa Giudice attends the Star's Scene Stealers event at Kola House on October 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- 'Reunion' -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Teresa Giudice’s ‘Standing Strong’: 7 Revelations From Her New Memoir

In her new memoir, Standing Strong (out now), Teresa gets candid about her changing thoughts on marriage and divorce, confessing she would get a divorce if she wasn’t happy in her marriage. Still, she tells ET that she is “hoping for the best.”

“I want us to always be together,” she shares. “That's what life's about.”

In the book, Teresa makes a couple of comments about Joe “starting over” and beginning “his life” once he is out.

“He has to do the right thing when he comes home and better himself,” she says. “That's what I did and I think that's what he should do, and we'll do it together, as a family.”

The mom of four acknowledges she does know what her husband will do for work once he’s released, but she’s not quite ready to share that information. What she can share is that she has seen a lot of “growth” from the father of her children while he’s been away.

“I see it already in his emails, and how he speaks,” she says. “Maybe this was a learning lesson for him, unfortunately … like, for him to be there and look at himself, the way he came off, so he could better [himself].”

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“Before he left, he was drinking a lot,” Teresa adds. “He couldn't handle all this, the stress of it.”

Teresa says Joe is watching back The Real Housewives of New Jersey, airing Wednesdays on Bravo, for the first time ever -- and not liking how he came across on the show. She says he has promised to be better once their family is reunited.

“That's what he keeps saying to me,” she shares. “When he gets out, 'I will show you.' Can't wait to see that.”

Joe hasn’t been able to read Teresa’s candid thoughts about their marriage from the book yet, but she says she did let him know she was putting it all out there for the world to see.

“It gives him things to think about while he's in there,” she notes.

While she’s not predicting the future, Teresa did open up about how she is looking at it.

“I'm happy, positive, you know, I have good energy, good vibes,” she says. “I'm excited! I'm excited to go into the next chapter of my life.”

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