First-time students away from home could be very stressful.  Some are faced with independence for the very first time.

they have a chance to explore their decision-making, goal setting, problem-solving skills, and time management skills.

Here are some ways to cope with feeling homesick:

1. Embrace how you feel.  Accept the fact that you miss home and know that it’s ok. Give yourself a pat on the back for making it to University or College.

2. Do not isolate yourself. Mingle with some folks, if you share your room with a roommate get to know him or her. Organize some activities you can do together.

3. Bring home comforts, do you have a favourite blanket, teddy bear or pillow? Take it with you. Record your family’s voice saying silly sentences and play it when you are needing a hug from home.

4. Don’t turn to sugary snacks which are often used while stress-eating. Be mindful of your eating habits because chances of them changing is high especially in your new environment.

5. Get to know your new school city. Explore local malls, restaurants, movie theatre etc….where are the clinics? Just in case you need it.

Now while you are coping with your homesickness chances are your parents are struggling with separation anxiety. Ok, mom & dad, you waited all your life to see your children find independence. Now that they are gone how do you feel??

Let’s brainstorm ideas that can help you cope with while your pride and joy are away from home.

  1. Assist your child with learning about their new area.  Help them discover the shopping malls, grocery stores, popular spots etc…
  2. Reward yourself, your hard work is paying off.  Turn their room into a space that makes you feel good.  Use the room to meditate, paint or just do something fun.
  3. Stay connected.  Don’t be afraid to call, ask about their new schedule make sure they squeeze you in somehow.

Check out these blogs for further information on these topics;

https://www.gooverseas.com/blog/ways-reduce-homesickness-abroad

https://health.usnews.com/wellness/for-parents/articles/2017-04-25/managing-your-separation-anxiety-as-your-child-enters-college

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