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Advice & Wellbeing

How to Beat Homesickness

By GlensideRAs 01 Nov 2021

Whether you're living away from home for the first time or you're a seasoned traveller, settling into a new environment can be tricky and can leave you feeling homesick or like you don't belong. Missing home with all those familiar faces is a normal part of change - hey, we're only human after all - but homesickness doesn't have to make your time at university miserable. Luckily there are a few small things we can do to make the time away from home a little more positive and a little less daunting. 

Embrace the Change

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Living away from home is your chance to figure out who you really are and what you like to do. Your time is yours to explore, challenge yourself and set goals for the person you are becoming. Change gives us the opportunity to reinvent ourselves or to work on the things we already love to do. Learn how to be happy now, in this moment, no matter what life has thrown at you and remember that nothing is permanent.

Take up a New Hobby

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Keeping busy is a great way to beat homesickness. Join a society, take up a new sport or start doing something you've always fancied trying. If lockdowns have taught us anything, it's that there are so many things you can do when you really put your mind to it. Always wanted to bake bread? Knit? Write a book? when you feel homesickness setting in, do something positive to distract yourself from it. 

Make New Friends

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Making friends can be tough, but putting yourself out there and meeting people at uni will help to make this new place feel more like home. The saying isn't quite 'home is where the friends are' but it's close enough. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and help distract you from missing home and soon you won't want to leave. 

Be Kind to Yourself.

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You're allowed to have a big cry. Make some tea, have a bubble bath and remember to be kind to yourself. Adapting to new changes is hard and it's ok to be sad about it sometimes. Self care and giving yourself a routine will help you to settle in. Try to wake up early, even on the days you don't have lectures, eat a healthy breakfast, do some exercise and clean your room. Being kind to yourself is so important to beat those homesickness blues. 

Start a Blog or Journal

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Even if no one ever reads it, actually especially if no one ever reads it. Keeping a record of your thoughts is a way to come to terms with what you are going through. Imagine yourself a year from now, surrounded by your uni family and calling Bristol 'home'. It's happened to the best of us. So write down your thoughts and when you do look back on this time, you'll be so happy you didn't give up. 

Redecorate your Room 

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Did someone say "trip to IKEA?". This is a great time to channel your inner decorator and put all of those years of watching extreme make-over home edition to good use. Put up photographs of your favourite people, get some cute cushions or a houseplant and make your room the safe, happy place you want it to be. This is going to be home for the next while, so it might as well feel like it. 

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