How to overcome homesickness when you are far away from the comfort of your home ?
One of the greatest challenges when one leaves the comfort of your family for another country is feeling homesick. When leaving behind the familiar surroundings for an unknown venture, you may be wondering whether you are able to cope with feeling helpless, overwhelmed or lonely. You also miss the lack of support from your immediate family and community.
I know how this feels!
Missing home and missing all that you are used to is natural; however, since you have decided to migrate, it is something that you have work on. It is very easy to be triggered and feel home-sick; all you need is to read a post from Facebook about your hometown, the food that you like and used to have, your friends and family gatherings etc. All this information can trigger your feelings of being homesick.
Here are a few tips that will help you to overcome your these feelings:
- If you are working, stay busy. This will help to redirect your focus from thinking of your home and staying focused on your tasks at hand. Also try to get to know new people in the office, as being familiar with your new surroundings will help you to settle faster in your new environment.
- For full time parents, remember to get out and meet new friends in your neighbourhood. Mix with your local playgroups if you children are young, or the parents from the school. Remember, support is everywhere, you just need to go out and find it.
- Expand your network and hook up with friends of fellow countrymen who have already migrated and get to know their friends. It is a lovely time to get to know fellow countrymen, especially when you have something in common, i.e. young family or come from the same home town. With these connections you will feel supported.
- Cook the food that you used to eat in your home country. If you search through your supermarket aisles or local grocery shops, you will be amazed what you will find there. Cook for your friends, and share your favourite food, especially with your friends that came from the same place.
- With the advancement of technology, schedule VoIP calls to your family back home as often as you can. I know that work, looking after a young family and familiarising yourself in your new surrounding can be hectic; however, do make the time to connect with your family at home.
Love to hear about your experiences and please share your tips below on how do you overcome homesickness when you are either travelling abroad or migrated to another country?
Have a great day with your family.