Homesickness is something every Uni student feels at some point during their time living away from home. Whether you’re 10, 100 or 1000 miles from home, it’s something most students go through and it’s important to know how to deal with these feelings. We’ve got some great advice on dealing with missing home and how you can help these feelings of homesickness.
- Contact those you’re missing– If you’re missing home, then phone, text or video call the people you’re missing, this makes you feel instantly closer and will give you a pick me up.
- Positivity– Remember to take care of yourself, do things you like doing, pamper yourself and spend time with great friends. Having a positive mindset is only possible if you have a positive attitude, by doing things that make you happy, you can combat the feelings of homesickness.
- Take stuff to Uni from home– your favourite blanket, pics of the fam or even your childhood teddy. It’s important to make your student room feel like home, after all, you will be spending at least 44 weeks of the year living there.
- Ditch your phone– yes your phone can be great to keep in touch with those you’re missing, however, it can also remind you of what you’re missing, birthdays, parties and nights out. Limit your time on social media, use it to contact people and avoid scrolling through news feeds which only will make you feel more homesick.
- Exercise– Exercise has been proven to help with mental health problems and wellness. Exercise can help you to feel motivated and positive, and it’s something else to do other than sitting in your room bored and sad.
- Talk to friends– We can guarantee that if you talk to your friends or flatmates at Uni, they will be experiencing the same feelings as you. By opening up and sharing your feelings, you’ll probably feel a lot better, plus you can both help each other to overcome the feelings of homesickness and loneliness.
- Ask for some advice– Many universities have counselling and mental health services, where you can talk to others and they can give you advice. If you are struggling with homesickness, financial worries, your studies or anything else, don’t suffer in silence, talk to someone.
- Explore your new surroundings– Most student cities have so many things to do, and places to visit, there is almost not enough time to do everything. Get out and explore your new city, you can do this alone or with friends. By making yourself feel more at home in your new city, it will feel less unknown and become more comfortable.
Just remember if you’re feeling homesick, you are not alone and there are many other students who are feeling the same. Dealing with missing home can be difficult, but by following the steps above, can be dealt with. For more advice, click here.