You may have been in Canada for a few weeks, months or perhaps even years.
At some point, the excitement of being in a new place wears off, and an ache for the familiar sets in. You may feel lonely, sad, and find yourself longing for the familiarity of your family and home country.
This feeling is an almost universal experience for students studying abroad, known as homesickness
Homesickness can be difficult, but take comfort in knowing that everybody feels it sometimes. In this article, we are sharing ways to overcome feeling homesick!
Severe homesickness can lead to mood disorders, academic issues, social withdrawal, and physical symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches and more.
Although your homesickness might linger, it will get better.
In addition, it’s common to feel homesick during the holiday, during special events back home or if a family member is ill. The upside of homesickness is that it’s often a time of growth and resilience!
Not only that, it enables the development of healthy coping behaviours.
Behaviours such as :
Seeking out new friends and activities
Establishing good self-care routines
Staying in touch often with family and friends back home
The first step is understanding your feelings and why they’re there! So don’t be ashamed, we all feel and that’s what makes us human! But with the right coping strategies, we can find the silver lining in every situation!
Are you looking for someone to speak to? Do you feel homesick?
Contact Kerry-Anne Holloway, our Health and Wellness Counsellor for confidential appointments with students at 604-780-1799 or firstname.lastname@example.org