Homesickness is something we all have faced or something we will face at some point in our lives. Even if it has been some years since you’ve moved out of your home, you will feel homesick on a particular day or time of the day like on your birthday, or while having dinner, etc. Sometimes it captivates us and we feel handicapped. Here are a few tips on how to deal with homesickness.
1. Know you are not alone.
We might look at other people around us and feel as though we are the only ones who miss home and all the other people are just living it up. Well its not true. I went through it too. The thought that we are the only ones who feel this way allows homesickness to handicap us even more. If you talk to others around you will come to know that you are not alone. This truth gives us a great sense of relief.
2. Make your room as comfy and homely as possible.
When you wake up on a different bed, in a different room with other people around you, you will feel out of place. For this you could try and make your room resemble your room at home. You could bring some of the pictures in your room, your favorite blanket, your favorite coffee mug, and so on. This will not completely take care of your homesickness, but will help you to reduce its effect on you. When you see a lot of familiar things in your room, even though it is arranged in a differently from your room back home. This will give you a feeling that you are not totally detached from home.
3. Skype and call.
It is really important to stay well connected with your people back home. Set up a timetable for yourself where you will either text, call or Skype your family and friends. For me talking and texting is better than skyping, . Skyping will just increase my desire to go home and be with family and friends back home. While talking to ones back home get updates on what’s going on in their life and also give updates of your life too, knowing about what’s happening in their lives will reduce the feeling that we are far away from home.
4. Keep yourself going.
When you are in your dorm room doing nothing, there is more chance that you will start thinking of home and would want to go home. For this keep yourself occupied. If you are in your room, if not studying or reading for a class you could listen to some music, play an instrument(if you know how to), read a book or so on. If none of this helps you the only one thing you could do is to get out of your room. You could spend your evening in the library, or in some café(where there is a good environment for you to study and calm your mind). Once in a while you could plan to go out with your friends which will also give you some time to talk, laugh and have fun.
This feeling of “missing home” is quite normal. So find which options is best for you.