Journal Travel

Coping with Homesickness

July 21, 2016

“Some days you just need to create your own sunshine”

 

Living abroad is great but some days you may feel a bit down.  Homesickness is completely natural, you’re in a different environment, no one knows you, they may speak a different language, have different food and it can make you feel like a complete outsider.

 

If you are feeling homesick try some of the below:

 

SPEAK TO YOUR FAMILY

This could be good or bad for you. Talking to someone you love can either help you get back on track or make you want to come home that much more. Just try to keep an open mind, you don’t necessarily have to talk about you being homesick, just have a good old chat about anything and everything. Remember they are missing you too.

 

HAVE YOU TIME

Growing up I lived on property with no close neighbours, whenever I wanted my space or to disconnect, I always went and sat in the paddock with my horse and dog.  Here I like to take a stroll to a nearby park, pick out a nice bench or patch of grass and read a book in the shade listening to the trees rustle, water from the fountains and just switch off.

 

EXPLORE

Take a stroll through your new town, go on an adventure, take a hike through the mountains or walk along the beach, take in everything around you and marvel at its beauty. Remember why you came and how lucky you are to be there.

 

FOOD FROM HOME

Many destinations have international supermarkets, yes they may be a bit more expensive than local products, but it can be great to make you feel more at home into your new environment. Within the first few weeks of moving here, I was down at Britvid buying a jar of Vegemite so I could have Vegemite on toast in the mornings. Classic Australian.

 

TAKE A CLASS

Did you go to weekly yoga classes back home? Find a new studio and take your practice there. Doing something from your old weekly routine can give you a sense of familiarity. It’s also a great way to make friends.

 

THINK POSITIVE

Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.

 

Chin up, you can do this!

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