Home is where the heart is, right? Well, what if you’re traveling for long periods of time or are moving away from your family & old home? Well, homesickness can sometimes get the better of you. What is homesickness exactly? It’s a combination of symptoms that include nostalgia, loneliness, depression, and anxiety due to a feeling of longing for your old home & environment. Usually, it tends to be more difficult the first couple of times that you’re away from home, or are away for quite long periods of time. Need help learning how to deal with homesickness? Look no further! Here are some tips on how to deal with this uncomfortable feeling:
Check in with friends & family back home
Being able to talk to your friends and family back home can help reduce homesickness and help you to readjust to your new environment. Sometimes just venting about your feelings to a close friend or family member can help you find advice on how to adjust and understand that people miss you just as much as you miss them. Plus, it can help you feel more comfortable with moving on and adjusting better to your new environment.
Don’t limit yourself
Don’t avoid trying new things and meeting new people because you’re too busy missing your friends and family back home as well as your old environment. Getting out and trying new things as well as meeting new people/making new friends can help you adjust with your new environment. Isolating yourself and not getting to know new people will only worsen feelings of nostalgia, fear of missing out, and depression that comes with homesickness.
Do some of your favorite hobbies
Whether it’s going to church, knitting, reading, exercising, or anything else, research shows that doing activities or hobbies that you used to do at home can help you to feel more comfortable and independent while reducing nostalgia and depression.
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As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.