Living abroad is for sure one of the best experiences one can have. But not everything is always smooth or pleasant, and family is not always around. I believe that one gets used to living far away from his family, however, there are always times, when the family would be welcomed to live next door. So, after quite some time abroad, I have my own cure to homesickness, or like a routine that I do every time. I hope this can help!
As I am not a superhuman (yet!), I also miss my family, home, or some places in my homeland. So, maybe because sometimes you feel the same, I thought I’d share with you the things I do when homesickness kicks in. There are 6 things that are part of my “routine” when I feel like home is too far, and you can find them below! Of course, not all situations are the same, and sometimes other items are part of the list… But I think the following serves as a good foundation for the homesickness cure!
1. Let it out
Yes, be sad, cry, call home, and do everything like this. Because what’s the point of keeping it all inside? It might be dark outside, cold or rainy and so not much is needed to bring your mood down, so let’s not add the homesickness on top of it. But believe me, letting it all out is the best to then be able to start on a clean slate.
2. Create some deadlines
Just for yourself, or with your family and friends back home. Plan a trip back, once or twice a year (or more of course!), and then you have something to look forward to. It does help me a lot, and going home is always a good thing right?!
3. Cook, bake something that reminds you of home
Ok, it is true, I don’t need to be homesick to bake something. But, I’d say that if I miss home, I tend to cook or bake more French things or go to a store to buy some French pastries. It is something that I like and in my house, food and mealtimes are very important to us, so I believe I also identify happiness with food!
4. Change your mind,
When feeling homesick, I like going for a walk or a coffee. I don’t necessarily need to meet friends, but I like to get out of the house. Of course, if you meet friends, then you can talk about a million other things that bother you, which is also a good thing. However, if I am alone, I like taking my camera and so I’d focus on getting the right shots instead of thinking about home.
5. Do the things that you are comfortable with,
For me, it is reading a book or watching TV shows in French. While most of what I watch is in English, there is nothing better than a French TV show to cheer you up! I tend to be more into French books as it is for me, the ultimate relaxing activity. Stockholm has a lot of libraries, including an international one, from where you can borrow books in the language you want.
6. Be optimistic.
Being optimistic is something that I am trying to implement in my daily life. And it already brought me a lot. Being all the time optimistic is hard because there will always be stress or unplanned things to come bother you, but I am trying to find the positive aspect of things no matter what happens. I believe there is positivity in everything, you just need to look for it!
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