Top Five Ways To Combat Homesickness

Posted 22 September 2014

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Homesickness is one of the most common challenges international students face. We’re here to show you that you’re not alone and how to combat missing home.

If you’ve just moved to the UK, your journey has just begun. There will be many changes and challenges you might face when adjusting to a completely different culture to the one you’ve always known. One of the most common challenges is homesickness. We’re here to show you that you’re not alone and how to combat missing home.

You’re not the only one
Homesickness affects almost every international student at some point. Sometimes it may seem like you’re the only one, or that you miss home more than others appear to, but the truth is that everyone goes through an adjustment period. Some deal with it quietly while others like to express themselves. So never feel that your feelings are unusual.

It will pass
Homesickness is only temporary and we can guarantee that as soon as you make new friends and get used to your new routine, you’ll be so busy that homesickness will be a thing of the past. A good thing to remember is that feelings are like clouds, they come and go but the sun is always there. So don’t worry, homesickness is just another cloud, it will pass.

Get involved with social activities
When you’re feeling homesick, don’t spend time on your own. The best thing you can do is surround yourself with activities that will get you focussed on something else that you enjoy. We highly recommend taking part in the sports and social activities. It can be hard to force yourself to do something else when you’re feeling down but you’ll be glad you did. By doing this you will get to meet lots of new people and do something fun!

Contact home
When you’re really missing your family or friends, remember that they are only a phone or Skype call away. Skype even allows you to see them too! Sometimes hearing a familiar voice is all you need to give you some confidence. Another thing you could do is write a post card and send it home. This is a lovely way of staying in touch.

Talk to someone

If you feel alone there will always be a member of staff you can talk to, either in the residence or in the college. The staff have a great deal of experience in helping students to feel at ease when they arrive and will be more than happy to talk to you if you need any support.