Living abroad alone – 5 tips when you are feeling homesick

Be proud of yourself

This is probably the most important point to have on your mind while living abroad alone. You need to realise how much have you achieved. Stepping out of your comfort zone and leaving all your securities, stable job, cosy home, friends, dog and family behind you to build something new elsewhere needs a courage. This on its own should flow some enthusiasm back to your veins.

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Bring your talismans with you 

Wearing your lucky shirt or those boots which were with you on every festival will keep you ready for new adventures. Have the same bracelet with your friend who lives hundreds of miles away. Necklace from your mum which you never take off no matter what. Printed photographs glued on your mirror. It might sound cheesy, but having something you can actually touch works much better than drowning yourself in thoughts on those you are missing. Just as a warm hug is better than “It´s gonna be okay, mate!” text.

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Tastes like home

As a food lover, I like to try new dishes. But there is nothing just as satisfying as a chicken soup from my mum or goulash from grandad. Cooking or baking food I used to love as a little girl or a recipe for Christmas sweets from my mum fill my stomach just as well as my soul.

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Keep yourself busy

When things are not working out don´t just sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Everyone is homesick from time to time and that is absolutely okay! But you need to know what your passion is to keep you going.  Set yourself goals to motivate you. Improve in your hobbies. Start a painting or photography course. Do a yoga challenge. Travel to explore the new place you moved in. Enjoy “ME time”. You might as well meet new friends. And if you achieve your goals or improve your skills it will bring you to the point one. Comfort zone…being proud… Feeling good? Whoop whoop!

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Connect with people 

Find people with the same lifestyle as you have. Sharing your stories and feelings with someone who is experiencing the same happiness and troubles as you are is basically a free “homesick therapy”.  Find groups on Facebook or go to couch-surfing meetings. It´s a good way to explore your new home. See where locals go and what they do. Less you feel like a tourist, more you feel like at home. At the point, you meet people from your home country and realise you communicate together not using your mother language is the moment you know “You´ll be fine.”

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3 thoughts on “Living abroad alone – 5 tips when you are feeling homesick

  1. As a fellow expat, this is lovely to read. I have two necklaces from my mum, a little Lego figure from a friend that I have with me – but there are so many little things I wish I brought with me. I am living in Sweden which is full of delicious food but sometimes I just want a roast dinner from mum!

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