“Life begins when you leave your comfort zone”. We have all heard this quote before, but is it really true? Homesickness can be a heavy burden whilst living abroad, preventing you from blossoming during the experience. Having homesickness is a natural side effect of leaving your home country and life behind, but it can be easily managed to ensure you can still enjoy your time abroad. With a few key tools, you can combat this feeling so keep reading for our essential tips here…
Get involved with making friends
One of the best ways to take your mind off home is to throw yourself into making new friends. Whether you are in a new school, have a new job or move to the other side of the world, engaging in activities will help you to fight homesickness. If you are studying abroad and want to meet people, you can join a Facebook group of people living in your area to learn about upcoming events. Another great way to make friends is to live in shared accommodation, which you can find through apps like badi. This can help you to meet people with similar interests to you. Sharing an apartment with locals can also be a bonus as it allows you to learn the language and culture of the country incredibly fast, integrating you as a successful native.
Keep a positive attitude
Focusing on the negative aspects of your life will only make you bitter. Although it can seem like a challenge, try to focus on the positives to ensure you are growing as a person. Whilst living abroad, you will have the chance to meet a plethora of new people and experience new things. From this, try to write a journal with all the positive things that come to your mind, or tell a friend or family member about the experiences you had in the day.
If you’re getting homesick, try doing something fun like going to a coffee shop, for a walk, running or watching your favourite show. We would advise you to do something physically tiring, since this is more likely to change your ideas than reading a book, for example.
Plan small trips and activities
Having things to look forward to makes time pass much faster. It could be a day trip alone or with new friends, going to a museum, taking a drive or going to a bar on a Friday night. Whatever it is, knowing you have an upcoming event can make everything seem just that little bit easier.
Saving money for a “backup ticket”
Knowing you have the chance to return home can make homesickness much easier to manage. Even though you might never use it, it can be extremely comforting to know you have the opportunity to return, should you wish to.
Enjoy the moment
Try to enjoy everything you do. You will discover so many new things that when you return home, you will probably feel homesick to leave your country abroad. Try to see the beauty in all the new things that you are experiencing, even though they may seem scary or unfamiliar at first. Being abroad will bring out the best in you, you will have the opportunity to meet new people, become more confident and gain valuable experiences.
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