Homesickness can happen to anyone. Whether you spend a week at summer camp or 4 years in university, the feeling can be mutual. I have mentioned this in other posts but when I was in high school, I yearned to go to university. I was tired of my boring little town. There’s nothing to do, I thought. While that is certainly true, now that I am in college, I have somewhat of a different perspective on my hometown and home in general. I have to admit I have yet to be truly homesick. However, I do have a greater appreciation for being home. Because I do not have a car in college, just driving to the grocery store is a mini adventure. My mother came to visit me this weekend. Although we talk multiple times a day, having the face to face in person communication with her was something I cherish immensely. I know a lot of my viewers are college students or young adults. Therefore, I am going to give you some tips on how I deal with homesickness.
- Stay Connected. We are fortunate to live in a world full of technology that can bring us closer to our loved ones. This may sound old-fashioned, but try connecting with your friends and family over the phone, as opposed to texting. You get a deeper and more personal connection when you hear the sound of their voice. Likewise, take advantage of FaceTime and Skype. You’ll feel as though you are right there with them. On a different note, stay connected through social media. Scroll through their pictures, see what there up to. This may sound creepy but it works. If they don’t have social media, look through old pictures with you and them together. Reminiscing will help you savor the memories.
- Stay busy. When you are preoccupied you will have less time to dwell on your homesickness. My mom always told me that “an idle mind is a devil’s workshop.” Focus on your school work. Focus on your job. Make new friends. Yes, the new friends may never “replace” your old ones, but they will keep you company until you can see your old friends again.
- Be patient. It’ll be just a matter of time before you can schedule a visit to see your family/friends. When your doing your own thing, and making progress you will have so much to tell them when you do see them again. The only cure for homesickness is to go home. But for some that may take time. If you are patient and not too anxious about it, you will see that time flies. Have fun in the meantime. Home will be just around the corner.
I hope you found this helpful. Let me know in the comments what you think. Thanks for reading.