Homesickness happens to any and everyone away from home for a certain amount time. Rather new or old places, being somewhere unfamiliar by yourself can be a challenge. In an article by Derrick Ho, homesickness is defined as not an illness and not necessarily about home. “You’re not missing home, you’re missing a normal routine that is associated with home.” Also homesickness is common in people both young or old, whether you’re attending camp for the first time, moving into a new place, or you’re beginning college, here are five ways to cope with homesickness.
You’re not the only one feeling this way. It’s okay to feel a little sad, but know you’re not by yourself when dealing with this fear. Homesickness is not a disease or illness, its an emotion that goes as easy as it comes.
2. Keep a Positive Attitude
Keep a positive attitude. Homesickness is an emotion that can lead to depression and extreme sadness if you let it. Feeling lonely or other negative feelings will only make it worst. If trouble happens when adjusting try speaking with a counselor or connecting with others who’ve been through the exact same thing.
“My belief is that communication is the best way to create strong relationships.” – Jada Pinkett Smith
Being away from home is the perfect time to build a stronger relationship with your family. You’re no longer around them or your friends from home every day and you see them lesser than you please.
Decorating can help you make your dorm room, camp room and new home, your home away from home. Filling the space with family pictures, trinkets, blankets, and other items can make your new space more comfortable. Having familiar items around can also ease your homesickness. Family and holiday photos can help you look forward to upcoming visits home.
5. Try New Things
Explore your hobbies and try new things. When you open your mind to new things numerous opportunities will come your way. Like meeting new people, making new friends, and discovering hidden talents. It also takes your mind off of home and connects you to your new surrounding making you comfortable in your new space.