So I’ve been in London for almost two weeks, and I have to be honest…I’m still dealing with homesickness. I was hesitant about studying abroad because I’d never been this far from home for so long. Ultimately I thought leaving the country would provide an opportunity for me to grow, so I went for it. Homesickness hit harder than I expected, but it’s slowly getting better, so I thought I’d share some things that have helped.
First off, if you have a close friend that you’re studying abroad with, that’s amazing! Definitely lean on each other for support. If you’re thinking about studying abroad try to do it with at least one other person you know. Although I knew of a few people who were also going to study in London, I didn’t really take the time to connect with them beforehand like I should have (yes mom, you were right again), so I felt really alone when I first arrived. Talking to people and getting out of my room more has definitely made a difference. You might find that a lot of people around you are homesick too, which can make you feel less alone.
When I first got to London, I had a lot more downtime than expected. More downtime meant I was thinking more about what I could’ve been doing if I were home. A wise woman (there you are again mom lol) told me to try getting up and going out somewhere everyday, even if I didn’t have to go out for class. Exploring my new environment not only allowed me to get out of my head, but it’s also helped me to get more comfortable with navigating the city. Again, this is probably a lot more fun with a friend, but you’ll be surprised by what you can find just wandering around. Be safe, get out there, and maybe snap a few pics for the gram 😉
Focusing & Reflecting
In a new environment you don’t necessarily have all of the pressures and distractions of home like not being able to watch Grownish or other American TV shows because they’re restricted to US borders and I really need to get a VPN…but I digress. With less distractions and more time on your hands, you can focus better on your personal goals. For me, that’s focusing on content creation, and for you that could be working out (walking is exercise so you can kill two birds with one stone), learning how to cook, or meditating more. Speaking of meditating, studying abroad can also be a great time for self-reflection. You can think about who you want to be in your new environment, and decide what you want to learn from it and take back home.
Trusting the Process
It’s going to take time for you to feel comfortable in your new environment. You may deal with homesickness for a few weeks or it may come and go throughout your semester. The important thing is that you trust the process and make the most of your experience.
Leave a comment if you have any other tips on dealing with homesickness and be sure to keep up with me on social media @BloomSista 💕