By Nirvana Yarger
Homesickness is a difficult experience to go through, even though it happens to almost everyone. You can be excited about having your new adventure studying abroad, but still have that ache and longing to go home. So that you can make the most of your time abroad, here are a few tips to beat homesickness:
- Don’t panic!
When homesickness first strikes, you might immediately panic and want to go home. In some cases, you might be so upset that you feel physically ill, but the first thing to always remember is that homesickness will pass. It might take a few days or weeks, but you will manage to overcome the pain of being in an entirely new place.
- Focus on the good things.
If you start wanting to go home, try to remember all of the reasons why you wanted to study abroad in the first place. Learning a new language, meeting new friends, having an adventure – you can still do all of those! Every time you feel homesick, focus on what good experiences you are having and remember that the benefits of having a year abroad are far more important than a bit of homesickness.
- Keep busy with work.
Sometimes the best way to stop thinking about homesickness is to bury yourself in work. After all, if your brain is busy learning, you won’t have time to dwell on any bad feelings and before you know it, you won’t feel homesick anymore. Luckily, this will also make you very well-prepared for your course!
- Distract yourself with fun activities.
Something as simple as watching a movie with your new friends or going out sightseeing is an easy way to keep your thoughts away from homesickness. By spending time with people and having fun, you’ll remember how great it is to study abroad and the urge to go home will vanish.
- Talk to someone about how you feel.
Whether you talk to a teacher, a friend, or a member of your host family, it’s very likely that someone you have met has had a similar experience to you. Sometimes just talking about your feelings with someone who understands will be enough to make you feel better. Plus, whoever you talk to will probably be able to give you advice on how to beat homesickness if you need it, and will be able to support you if you have any other troubles during your stay.
Homesickness is just like any other illness – it happens to everyone and it makes you feel bad, but after a while it goes away and you can move on. The most important thing to remember is that you can beat it!