This article will explain how to cope with being homesick after moving away. You will learn the importance of being active in your community, having a good long-distance calling plan and taking your life one day at a time!
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Buy a map or city guide to learn about the exciting cultural, social, and historical attractions, community sponsored events, musuems, art exhibits, and restaurants available in your new city. Make a plan to visit significant landmarks, learn about the key architecture around your city, or observe the impact of fashion trends among different groups living in your area. In short, learn about the pulse of your city! Get active and get to know the city that you now call home! The more quickly you move within your city, the more quickly you will feel as if you have a place in it!!
Get active and stay active! Find a social network that brings familiarity and support in a time of change. Visit your local YMCA for a list of community sponsored events and social groups or associations in your city. Or use the Internet to find local websites offering information about church groups, volunteer programs and outreach efforts that offer a social network for the community. Choose an activity that you find interesting, personally rewarding, and most of all, fun! And remember, you don't have to limit yourself to just being a member of an association. Learn how you can use your skills, education and passions to lead or build structural and fiscal growth for the project, association or volunteer project.
Join a health club or find a walking group. Resist staying at home or starting a pattern of emotional eating. Use feelings of despair or anxiety as motivation to get active. Walk, run, cycle, swim, dance your way to a full and satisfying life. In fact, find a weekly group that walks, runs, cycles, swims, or dances in your community. Not only will this kind of social environment help to boost your sense of connection, but it will also help to balance your mood and create a greater sense of balance in your life. Remember to stay active and get outdoors as much as possible!
Negotiate a calling plan that offers greater flexibility, more "anytime" minutes, or a reduced long-distance calling rate. Allow yourself the ability to contact family and friends without being subject to the restrictions and limitations associated with a long-distance calling plan that does not fit your needs. As you settle into life in a new city, you may find comfort in knowing that the most important people in your life are only a phone call away. (Having a great long distance calling plan will allow you to call home when it is convenient for you! There is nothing worse than wanting to call someone you love and having to wait until a certain time at night to do so!)
Agree to take your life one day at a time! Agree to let yourself feel sad from time to time. And more importantly, agree to never invite yourself to a 'pity party' that lasts more than 10 minutes! Don't try to defeat feeling homesick. Instead, try to build a full and satisfying life that allows you to sustain a healthy communication with the family and friends that you are away from. Try to sustain consistent communication so you are able to share stories about the new life you are building as well as learn what is happening in the lives of the people back home! Consistent communication with family and friends back home will help you to stay connected, feel loved and stay balanced!
Tips and warnings
- See each day as a new opportunity to discover a new adventure, build a new relationship and move closer to finding familiarity in a new and unfamiliar city!
- Seek professional counselling if you start to feel immobilised by feelings of despair, loneliness, or depression.
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