I came across these old photos this morning. I love them because they perfectly sum up what it means to be at home for me.
What exactly is homesickness? I think it’s quite an arbitrary and nuanced concept. It means different things to different people, coming back to what home means for you. For me, home is my family and friends.
I’ve almost been in London for one year. I’ve made some amazing life-long friends here and been given so many sensational opportunities, but I can tell you honestly, being away from home and family does not get any easier.
Here are 3 tips for how to survive home sickness.
- Forget about it (Sorry, Mum)
I was speaking to my friend about homesickness last night, asking her how she deals with it. She said she just doesn’t think about it. It may sound callous, but I think this is actually the most helpful tip I can pass on to anyone looking to move away from home or overseas.
It’s not great to dwell on feelings of isolation or thoughts of what you’re missing out on at home, it’s a pitfall that’s very hard to pull yourself out of. Take a break from Skype and social media (I know how rich that sounds coming from me), get your head down and throw yourself into a new routine or project. Take a walk in a new neighbourhood, be a tourist or treat yourself to mini-trip. Whatever it takes to clear your head.
2. Make your new home your new home
One of the best things I’ve done since being here is decorate my room. It cost next to nothing and it makes me feel so much more comfortable… even if it’s horrendously messy 90% of the time. I found the act of cleaning and setting it up super therapeutic.
One two of the nicest homes I’ve been in since living here belong to my friend’s Jade and Jolana. They fill them with plants, lights, books, vintage knick-knacks… all of the things! They are majorly comforting and re-energising space to be in.
Loneliness and depression are very much affected by your environment. So don’t be a martyr about it – get off your arse and do some DIY.
3. Make a bucket list
I kiiiiind of have a bucket list, but it’s not really one I want to share with people. Mostly because it’s super lame and contains things no one else would find exciting, like movies I want to make, talks at bookshops and places I want to get drunk at. Actually would you guys want to see that? I could start sharing that sort of stuff a bit more if it’s interesting.
My inspiration for the bucket list idea is my best-friend, Marlee. She has the supreme London bucket list to end all bucket lists and I’m lucky enough to join her for a lot of it. Last week we did rooftop morning Yoga in Dalston, then had a Yogi breakfast. See her pictures of it by clicking here.
They’re some tips I’ve found which help me from spending all my time aboard wishing I was somewhere else. I also spend a lot of time wishing my family and friends where massive jerks who I hated, then I wouldn’t miss them all time.
Do you have any tips you’ve found helpful? Let me nose belows.