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How To Avoid Feeling Homesick While Studying Abroad

February 2017

No matter how excited you may be about college life, even the most independent freshmen can find themselves struck with homesickness. Moving away from home for the first time and starting fresh can take its toll. You may at times find yourself missing your bed or the posters on your wall. Homesickness can affect people of all ages in almost any situation, so don't be ashamed if you miss home. There are some measures that you can take to help deal with homesickness and learn to love your new environment.

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Avoid spending too much Time in your Room

Staying in your room too much will only make you feel worse, as you'll be pondering on what you miss about home. Try to keep yourself busy by taking part in some form of sport, studying at the library rather than in your room or even getting a part time job. Find something new to do on your own, learning a new skill can help you break out of your comfort zone.

Explore your surroundings

One of the main reasons we often feel homesick is not knowing what to do when in an unfamiliar surroundings; here is your chance to set aside some time to explore the town so you'll feel more at home. In fact, not getting to know the city better is one of the biggest regrets most students have. Walk around, do some sightseeing or volunteer with the local community. You're only around for a few years, so now's the time to make the most of it

Create a list of what you can do in the area

Do a little research into the new area you live, and find a list of places to explore. You can visit that little cafe you've always wanted to go to or try that new burger joint a few blocks away. The more you learn about your area, the more familiar it will become to you. It will help you meet new people and will make you feel at home.

Talk with friends and family back home

Whether it's a phone call or a text message keeping in touch with your friends and family will make you feel that you are part of things back home. Remember you need to be doing fun stuff in between as well so you have stories to tell people back home.

Maintain a journal

Keeping a journal will help you get in touch with your thoughts and process everything that is happening in your new environment. Whether you're studying abroad, in college or just moved to a new city, you will likely be experiencing new and unfamiliar sensations, keeping a journal can help you keep track of your thoughts. Research has shown that maintaining a journal can help relieve feelings of homesickness.

Do things you enjoy

Whether you're a writer, dancer or a musician don't stop doing the things you enjoy. It is important to set aside time for yourself especially when you are in the middle of a big change. Doing things you love will help you focus and destress.

Meet new people

A great way to meet new people is by getting involved on campus. Whether you'll share the same class together or are seated at the same table in the cafeteria, you will meet students going through the same transition of living in a new place just like yourself. Keeping yourself busy helps take your mind off of being homesickness.

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Also read: How To Make The Most Out of Your Homestay Abroad


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