We all love to travel. Some of us travel regularly and are gone for months. For some travelling is a leisure and for others its pure business. Moving away from home to go abroad for work purposes or to another city for university can be an important yet extremely difficult discussion. No matter whether you travel frequently or once in a blue moon, one thing sure to affect you is homesickness.
What is homesickness?
Homesickness is the grief caused by being away from home. But it is nothing serious. For many people homesickness can feel mild just like a little rumble in our stomach while the beginning of a roller coaster. If you have homesickness after going away on a trip, it is a sign of our healthy attachment to loved ones and shows how much you care, miss and love them.
The major side effect of homesickness is that you may not be able to enjoy your trip or your vacation to the fullest due to worrying. But sometimes, extreme homesickness can lead to anxiety and depression. In a study conducted by Thurber, he said. “When homesickness is really bad, it’s hard for people to eat, sleep or interact with others.”
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Here are the common symptoms of homesickness:
• You may feel demotivated to do any task
• You begin feeling very lonely
• You constantly keep thinking about home
• You may feel irritated with even the simplest of situation
• You may begin missing the people, things, and places associated with home
• You may be constantly anxious or feeling depressed
Here are the simple ways to deal and overcome homesickness
1) Be prepared
You need to be prepared for the emotions that will come your way during the trip. Even if you have been super excited for your trip, you may still become homesick. Hence, always be ready. Other emotions along with homesickness are anxiety, depression and gloominess. It’s nothing to be worried about. Being prepared for various homesick emotions will help you deal with it in a better way.
2) Maintain a Journal
Always maintain a journal during your drip. Whenever you feel down or lonely, write it down in the journal. Writing will help you channelize your energy and sadness into words. Along with sad emotions, also note down all the happy things too. This will help maintain a balance and in this way, when you re-read your journal, you will have positive memories mentioned in them too.
3) Keep your mind distracted from home
Whenever you feel the homesick emotion is taking over your mind, get up and get moving. Go to a mall, go to pet shelter, go to a park, rent a movie, put on your dance shoes or do something that makes you happy. Keeping your mind distracted can be very helpful in dealing with homesickness. It is also advisable to avoid alcohol in order to distract your mind. Instead, cultivate a new hobby or learn a new skill. There’s more to this world, than just than being sad.
Socializing is the best way to get rid of homesickness. Along with this, you will also get to make new friends, interact with local strangers and get to know something more about the new place. Volunteering can also be very helpful to socialize with new people and at the same time making this world a better place.
5) Bucket List can be helpful
Before you leave for your trip, make a bucket list of the different things you plan to do on your trip. This is another way to help you stay busy and won’t leave you much time to stay homesick. You will always be looking forward to completing the next task or visiting the next destination on your bucket list.
6) Revisit something from your hometown
If you are still finding it extremely difficult to cope up with homesickness, the best thing you can do is revisit something that reminds you of your hometown like a restaurant. Call up your hometown friends and loved ones and talk to them. Stay in limit though because, continuously talking to someone at home can make homesickness worse.
Research shows that doing things you feel nostalgic about can help you feel better. A study also states that if you’re moving for work or study purposes, decorating your new room with stuff from home, putting a picture of your family on the wall, or playing the music your family enjoys, can help you settle and deal with being away from home and reduce the big changes after leaving home.
Final Thoughts On How to Overcome Homesickness,
Everyone gets through feeling homesick at their own pace. Getting over homesickness is not a process you can rush. Remember that it’s a very normal and completely understandable reaction and that it’s okay to miss home once in a while. Apart from these, don’t be afraid to try your own strategies to cope up with homesickness. Most importantly, homesickness can affect your health too so don’t forget to take extremely good care of your physical health.
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