You decided to change your place of residence and left your home with a suitcase of only the essentials. Now you are safe, but it does not get better, because you are far from home.
This reaction of the body is normal, because you are accustomed to certain rules and institutions, to the daily routine, to the people around you and in an instant everything has changed dramatically. You are under stress, because you need to adapt again, adjust your life system and start all over again. Probably, only the adventurer does not feel homesick at the moment, because often acquaintances and just people who were forced to leave their home say: “I do not need any abroad.” How to get rid of this feeling and try to live a full life further, read below.
How to overcome sadness and grief?
Admit that you miss home. Much of what you know and can rely on remains at home. At best, you have a suitcase of things where you packed your life. Homesickness is a natural reaction to this feeling of loss.
It is very important to live every emotion we feel, not to keep it inside. Hidden feelings often manifest later as headache, fatigue, illness, or lack of motivation.
If you have managed to take not only basic necessities from home – find them a special place now: be it jewelry, photos or even a notebook. This can help create a sense of continuity and ease the shock of a new environment. If you did not have the opportunity to take anything that would remind you of home – print a photo from a social network or phone. Or maybe you can start a plant, the same as you had on the windowsill. Or a cup similar to the one that was your favorite.
Do not restrain yourself in the urge to buy something that reminds you of home.
Stay busy. Get up and do something to get rid of negative thoughts. For example, turn on your favorite music and start cleaning, washing dishes, jogging, or doing yoga. Try to keep a positive outlook and stay motivated!
Eat, move, sleep in the right amounts. Balanced exercise, rest and nutrition will help your body and mind function better.
Take a step and meet new people. Friendship and the formation of a support system will help alleviate loneliness. This can be especially difficult due to differences in culture and language, but you can get to know the local diaspora.
If possible, keep in touch with family and friends not only by text messages. It is important to see and hear each other. That is, from time to time, communicate by video.
Dream of what you will do when it is safe and return home. This can help reduce impulsive returns and focus you on your goals now.
Look for new opportunities. Explore the surroundings, explore new places, join interest clubs, look for work or volunteer, take part in events.
Talk about your feelings with someone you can trust, whether it’s a friend, family member, or mentor. If homesickness does not leave you or interferes with your daily life and everyday life – seek professional psychological help.