Studying abroad is always been a good option for career betterment. It can be one of the best times of your entire life, like experiencing different cultures, languages, opportunities, diversity, and many more. However, living abroad can be challenging for you as well like it’s hard for you to being thousands of miles away from loved ones. In the first few weeks, you might face difficulties in adjustments mostly due to missing family and friends. Oftentimes, people become homesick because of the feeling of loneliness and it’s all normal. Whether you believe it or not homesickness is something that almost everyone has experienced at some points in their lives.
So what you called homesickness?
“Homesickness is the often intense feeling of longing and sadness that’s caused from being away from home or comfortable surroundings for a prolonged period of time, even if this time away was planned and of your own choosing.”
Sometimes, homesickness leads to depression and anxiety. If you don’t take it seriously then your normal living can be affected. It is to be noted that it won’t go overnight as there isn’t necessarily a standard cure for homesickness that works for everyone. You need to put your efforts to get through it. It can last only when you become an expat living abroad. We’ve put together 5 helpful tips you can follow to avoid homesickness (alleviate the feelings of loneliness), get yourself busy by exploring new things around you, and enjoy new adventures.
1. Let your feelings out, however you can
Sometimes you should admit the fact that letting your feelings out is a sign of peacefulness. Take a long breathe and say you are okay. You are not weak and lonely living abroad but actually, you are doing great there for future better happenings.
Don’t think about your home too much to make the situation worse. If you are having a close circle of friends then do ask for advice and support. Just relax and share your feelings with someone close to you. In addition to it, your soul will be super calm when you let your tears out. You can also hire a therapist to deal with your fears, joy, doubts, and pain. Give yourself time and never hide your feelings away.
2. Keep yourself busy, even when you don’t want to
You can’t overcome the feelings of homesick when you keep staying at home and do nothing except study. Whatsoever, change your sedentary lifestyle to feel better than ever while living abroad! You should remember that you are in a new state with a lot of new opportunities. Although, you need to expose yourself to new things and do something productive. You can go for a part-time job that will take your evening time. Besides, for physical health, join a gym and take your fitness classes to get stress-free. You can also get yourself busy by studying at the public library rather than in your room, trying out extracurricular activities, and organizing day trips with local friends.
3. Facetime to Keep in Touch (but not too much)
You can easily avoid FOMO (fear of missing out) by keeping in touch with your friends and family. Texting and sending voice notes are not enough if you don’t feel them visually. You can go for facetime (Skype, BOTIM, WhatsApp video calls, and IMO, etc.) but not too much. By doing so you see your family laugh, share happy moments, catch up on what is happening in your lives, plan for the future, and your friends gossiping about past good times.
However, if you want to eat something and don’t know how to cook it then skip the internet and ask your mother for a recipe via facetime. In this way, you can connect with your home and get rid of homesickness.
4. Make plans to meet up locals
Living abroad means you are going to stay at home and just keep in touch with your loved ones back home. As you are in a different country you shouldn’t only rely on a social fix with your family and friends but meet locals. It doesn’t matter you are an introvert or an extrovert, you just need to find new networks in your home city and plan hangouts.
Moreover, you must visit your neighbors, to learn cultural differences and the local language fluently. Be friendly and grow your social network strong. Homesickness can easily be controlled when you gathered people around you who always there for you whenever you need them.
5. Take care of yourself
The first and foremost life rule is self-care, the most important thing you can possibly do to overcome your homesickness. Prepare nutritious food for yourself and stay hydrated (drink 8-9 glasses of water each day). Meanwhile, try to get a good night’s sleep (8 hours’ worth). Be healthy! Your body will be thankful for sure. Most, importantly, always put yourself first and never compare yourself with others.