Leaving home and going to uni for the first time is both an exciting and scary time which can lead to feeling a bit anxious about this new adventure.
To make sure you have a great experience and enjoy your time, we've put together some tips that will help remind you of home while you're away and keep those anxious feelings away!
Here are our top tips for battling anxiety and homesickness:
- Bring home comforts
Bring photos, gifts from family and friends, things from your room at home, and anything and everything else that will make you feel comfortable in your new home away from home.
- Don't be too hard on yourself
Give yourself a break - whether it's your first time away from home or not, it's normal to feel a bit anxious and miss home. You won't be the only one feeling this way, so don't beat yourself up about it!
- Get out of your room
If you start to feel a bit homesick or depressed, get out of your room - spending too much time in your room alone can make you feel worse, so head down to the social space or reception and join in with one of our social events. Or head out and get some fresh air to clear your head.
- Make the most of your time there
Remember, being at uni is only temporary, and you can always go home on the weekends, so embrace your new university life and try to make the most of it.
- Explore your surroundings
Anxiety can stem from the unfamiliar and uncertainty, so explore your campus and new city. Getting to know the people and the area can help ease these feelings and make your new home actually feel like home.
- Keep in touch
Get Facetime, Skype and/or Facebook video set up with your family and friends so that you can speak to them whenever you're feeling down. Being able to see and talk to them can help you feel better and less homesick.
- Stay healthy
Make sure you eat right and exercise to keep your mind and body healthy. Healthy choices will help ease your feelings of uncertainty, so it's essential to be consistent in making healthy decisions.
- Talk to someone
Don't be afraid to speak to a friend, a university advisor or the accommodation team about how you feel. Your friends will be able to relate to you and can help you feel more at home, and advisors and our accommodation team are there specifically to help you enjoy your time at uni and talk to you about these things.
- Set a date to go back home
If you're really feeling homesick, then set a date to go back home. Knowing that there is a date to see your family and friends again will give you something to look forward to and make it easier to be away from home.
- Get involved
Keep yourself busy by coming to social events in your building, and by joining clubs and societies! It will get you out of your room and help you meet people with similar interests as your own.
- Give it time and stay positive
Adjusting to a big move takes time, so give yourself a chance to enjoy it. If you're positive about starting uni and leaving home, chances are you'll have a higher success rate than if you're having negative thoughts about it.
Just remember you aren't alone in feeling this way. Use these tips to help ease those anxious thoughts!
Anxiety is very common. In a survey covering Great Britain, 1 in 6 adults had experienced some form of anxiety. There are many sources of help and support available, nobody should feel alone:
- Samaritans Helpline is for those who are experiencing high levels of distress. Contact this 24-hour helpline on 08457 909090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd prefer face-to-face support, Samaritans have many branches across the UK, click here to find the branch closest to you.
- Nightline is a confidential listening, support and practical information service open at night and run by students for students.
- Students Against Depression is a website offering advice, information, guidance, and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.