So we’re doing a little lifestyle rather than beauty today, and we’re talking about homesickness, which even the strongest people I know have suffered from at some point. I’ve lived 500+ miles away from home for the last 5 years, and while I had an absolutely amazing 4 years at Cornell, and another great year in New York City, it’s not always easy to be that far away from the people I care about. Here are the top four ways I fend off homesickness:
When you miss home, and you’re in a bad mood, it can be so tempting to stay in your apartment, curl up in your bed, and ignore the world, but truth be told, that just doesn’t make anyone feel better. Instead, say yes to anything anyone asks you to do with them. See your friends. Go shopping. Try a new restaurant. Go to the gym. Boredom and homesickness are best friends, so the busier you keep yourself, the less likely you are to be affected by the fact that you miss home.
Start a Project
Maybe you want to try something new. Maybe you want to tackle something you’ve been meaning to do for years. Get excited about whatever project you choose, and give it your all! In general, I find that I’m at my happiest when I’m working toward a goal. Start a blog. Decorate the living space that you’ve been meaning to transform for six months. Learn a new language. Visit all of the museums in your city. Learn to cook. Learn to bake. Hire a personal trainer and revamp your fitness routine. Train for a half marathon. Do whatever fulfills you, but once you’re excited about it, homesickness will fall away.
Get a Cat
Or a dog. Or a rabbit. Whatever floats your boat. Coming home to something alive that cares that you came home to see it is heartwarming, and it really helps with loneliness! Alone time can be some of the hardest times when you’re homesick because you have nothing to distract you, and having a little furry friend can really help you enjoy those nights at home on the couch with Chinese takeout and Netflix! Obviously, only get a pet if you can afford it, and you have the time to take care of it. It is a big commitment, but a worthy one, in my opinion.
Plan a Trip
This may seem like silly advice, but I’m always amazed how much I forget about this. There’s no reason you have to wait for an occasion to see your family and friends! I spent last weekend in South Carolina visiting my little sister at school just because I wanted to. While I was in school, my sister and I surprised our parents at home for a weekend just for fun. Cut your spending; save your pennies, and go on a trip, even if it’s just to relax for a weekend with someone you care about. Experiences are always worth more than any items you would spend your money on anyway, and it is super fun to look forward to something.
How do you all deal with homesickness?