So, as many of you know I recently moved to London. I’m originally from Washington DC, so London is a pretty big adjustment for me. And while I am SO incredibly excited to be here, being thousands of miles away from home can definitely be difficult at times. This is not the first time, that I’ve moved to Europe, I did a semester abroad in Paris, a few years ago, so I feel like I was a little more prepared for what was going to happen, this time, than I was before.
When I moved to Paris I was extremely homesick for basically the entire first half of my trip, until I started getting used to being so far away from all my friends and family, in a strange country. So I feel like for this trip, I was much more prepared to deal with homesickness, and it has made such a huge difference in my experiences moving away from home.
So here are my tips to overcoming homesickness, and the things that helped me, whether you are moving to a new country, a new city, or just going off to college hopefully some of these tips might help you overcome your homesickness too!
The first tip is to stay busy. This is probably the tip that helps me the most, because it’s hard to miss home when you’re busy doing fun things! And especially if you are moving to a new city, there’s so many things to do and see, and you get to be a tourist while you explore and figure out your way around!
The next tip I have is to keep familiar things around. I like to keep pictures of my friends and family around to make my apartment feel more like home.
Another great thing to do is exercise. I am not super into exercising normally, so I don’t typically go to the gym that often, but I find doing some kind of workout (even if it’s not super intense), a couple of times a week, really helps to improve my mood, and reduce my stress levels.
The next thing is to actively try to meet new people. This is so important, because it’s easy to feel homesick and lonely when you actually are alone. You never know when a classmate or coworker might end up becoming a great friend, and even introducing you to their friends. Having new friends, people to hang out with and talk to, really helps when you’re feeling down.
My Last tip, and probably the most important thing, is to stay positive! For me, both of the times I’ve moved abroad, it has been because of an incredible opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up, so whenever I feel down or am missing home, I have to remind myself, what an amazing experience I am having, and how even though I may miss my friends and family right now, I won’t feel this way forever. And years from now when looking back, I’m not going to be thinking about how much I missed home, but how lucky I was to live in a city as amazing as London or Paris, and all of the great experiences I had!
So these are my tips for overcoming homesickness, hopefully some of them helped, or maybe will help at some point in the future if you ever move away from home!
How do you guys deal with homesickness?