How to overcome homesickness after moving abroad
There are various reasons why many people leave their homes and choose to live in another country. Nevertheless, for some of us, it’s not so easy to adapt to the new environment. We end up suffering from what we call homesickness. Hence, my blog post today on how to overcome homesickness.
But first, let’s chat a bit and tell you why I decided to write about this topic.
A couple of years ago, I moved permanently to Norway, all the way from Kenya. I know you are rolling your eyes now, wondering why over 7000 miles. Well, they say what you can do for love is amazing! That’s exactly what happened to the young mother who is writing this now.
I found the piece of my heart here. If you are reading this, I suspect you may have moved for the same reason or other reasons like education, work, or medication.
Whatever it may be, sometimes it’s not easy to adjust to the new country. With a minimum of friends or none at all, no close family members, makes you stressed and, even worse, depressed. This is because you have no one, which makes you feel isolated. As a result, having homesickness.
Are you wondering what homesickness is?
Homesickness is the grief that comes from being away from home.
Having suffered from it myself, I thought it would be good to share how I dealt with it and maybe help someone who is just wondering how to overcome it.
So, let’s get started!
6 Ways to overcome homesickness
1. Explore your new home
One of the main reasons for homesickness is often the unfamiliar surroundings in which we find ourselves. That’s why it’s wise to take some time to explore your new home, so you feel right at home.
- Visit shopping malls.
- Take walks around your neighborhood.
- Join groups to do activities together.
This way, you’ll quickly become familiar with the area, and who knows, you might end up meeting a friend.
2. Keep yourself busy
At first, I thought it best to stay inside and sleep or watch TV since I didn’t know anyone. But then I realized that wouldn’t do me any good. Instead, it would just make the homesickness that much worse.
In a situation like that, you realize that the isolation makes the feelings even more intense because you spend even more time thinking about what you miss from home.
That’s why I would recommend keeping yourself busy as much as possible. Keep your mind occupied with interesting activities. For example, try new hobbies, read books about your new home country, and more.
3. Keep in touch with your family members and friends
No doubt, staying in touch with your friends and family will help you pass the time and get more involved in things at home. Please make an effort to call or text people at home.
However, if you do this too often, you may feel the distance even more. Don’t let it get to the point where you communicate with people at home more than you are willing to adjust to your new home.
4. Don't compare yourself with the locals
We are different when it comes to some things. For example, you do many things in your home country that may not be done in your new country or done differently.
Also, people go to the extent of comparing and even seeing the difference in race, lifestyle, or even religion. But that, dear reader, will only cause you harm. It will lead to homesickness and thus difficulty in adjusting.
Please learn to know, despite all the differences, that we are all human. Commit to learning new things without the thought of “I’m different; I can’t do this, how do they think of me.” If you do this, you’ll soon feel at home.
5. Look for a friend from your home country
There are many platforms, such as Internations.
Here you can interact with foreigners in your area, share your new country’s experiences, and learn how to adapt.
In doing so, you learn that you’re not the only one who has struggled, and you can take things more comfortably. This is how you overcome homesickness.
6. Be open to learning the language they use in the new country and their culture
Last but not least, how to overcome homesickness is to learn the language used by the locals.
Here in Norway, for example, it’s very important to be able to communicate in Norsk. Most people think you have to learn a new language if you only need it for work. But that’s not all.
To integrate easily and quickly, you should make an effort to learn the language that people from that country use frequently.