How to deal with homesickness
5 ways to deal with the homesick blues
Moving to a new country can be pretty difficult. For some of us, it’s the first time we’ve really been away from home, and all the new culture, food and language can be a little bit overwhelming. But never fear, because I’ve come up with five ways to beat those feelings of homesickness.
5. Immerse yourself
In Prague there are literally hundreds of things to do. Try something new! I personally recommend trying new food like gulaš or svíčková, or even going to the Old Town and trying some of the touristy foods like Prague ham, Trdlnik or even just some Czech sausage. Immersing yourself in a new culture is one way to take your mind off things, especially if it’s such a rich and different culture as Czech culture.
4. Remind yourself of home
On the other hand, reminding yourself a little bit of home might help. Try and find your favourite food or drink- for me it’s a decent cup of tea or maybe a parmo (a local delicacy from Teesside, featuring breaded chicken, béchamel sauce and lots of cheese!). Small things like looking for your favourite sweets or cooking your favourite meal can be a great way to beat the homesick blues. You can even access your favourite TV shows from home with free and easy downloads like Expat Shield or other IP blockers, so you’ll never miss an episode of Coronation Street again!
3. Get in touch
Send postcards, use Skype or even just use Facebook to keep in touch with your friends and family. They’ll be missing you just as much as you’re missing them, so don’t worry. Try not to speak to the same people every day though, because you’ll probably just make it worse- and especially don’t speak to your friends if they’re out and enjoying themselves without you!
2. Surround yourself with friends
Luckily for me, I moved away with three other people, and hanging out with them has been a great way to take my mind off being away from home. If you’ve moved away on your own, however, it might be a bit harder to surround yourself with new people. Don’t worry though, because there are loads of ways to make new friends in Prague, from attending special mixer events for expats to finding Erasmus parties for international students, or even just finding forums like ours on Prague.TV or groups on Facebook. You’ll soon find people who are willing to make new friends, and they’re probably in exactly the same situation as you.
Take a minute to reflect on why you’re here in the first place. You’ve probably moved for a reason- whether it’s because you want a new adventure, or you’ve found your dream job, or even gotten a promotion from your old job. Whichever it is, you wouldn’t be here if you really didn’t want to be. Think about the pros of being away from home, and trust me, there will be a lot. Embrace the adventure and experience a new culture. It’s worth it.
Of course, everyone will get homesick from time to time. It’s completely normal- and even if you don’t feel that bad, that’s fine too. People deal with things in different ways. However, if your homesickness is affecting you much more than it should, and is affecting your home, social or working life, then I would recommend you seek more help. Hopefully this little list of things helps, and you get over your homesickness and start exploring! Look at some of the articles on Prague.tv for some ideas of things you should see and do when you’re in Prague, and most of all, enjoy yourself! This is probably a once in a lifetime thing, so make sure it’s a great experience!
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