I’ve spent a lot of time away from my family. Even before I moved a few hundred miles away for university, it wasn’t uncommon for me to spend my summers away from home. It doesn’t matter how much often you do it though as that horrible nagging feeling of homesickness can still creep into your heart at the absence of your loved one.
Over the years, I’ve learnt a few tips and tricks for conquering the nasty old thing…
Make yourself a home-away-from-home. One of the first things I did when I got to university was make the room my own. Obviously there are certain restrictions that you have to keep to if you want to keep your contract but that doesn’t mean that you have to leave it in the same non-descript, standard state it was in when you arrived. Find a way to display some pictures (I love PicStick!) or even just choose some bedding that makes you smile every time you crawl under them.
Write a letter. I send letters to my grandparents on a regular basis and nothing brings a smile to my tired or disgruntled face more than seeing a new note falling through my letterbox.
Reminisce. There’s nothing wrong with looking through old photos of that girls holiday and letting the good memories soothe your heart.
Pick up the phone. Call your mother. It’s one of the oldest phrases in the book, but for a very good read. Sometimes just hearing your friend’s voice is enough to stop you from wanting to run straight back to them. Let your parents tell you all the things you think that you are missing out on. Hear what their life has been like and tell them about your own. It helps, really.
Save the Date. If you can, make a plan to meet up with those you miss. Mark the day you get to go home in your diary and you’ll have something to look forward to when you want to hop on the next coach/train/ plane. I loved meeting my Mum in Edinburgh last term and it really helped with the winter blues and exam stress knowing that it was only x number of days before I saw her again.
What are your top tips for dealing with homesickness?