Today we have Ashley joining us on the blog, sharing her tips to combat expat homesickness. Ashley is originally from the UK, but has made Amsterdam her home for the last two years. She writes her own expat travel blog, Amsterdam Blog, be sure to show her some love!

 

I know exactly what it feels like to be homesick when you first move to a new country. The food is

different, the people are different, and the culture is different to what you’re used to. In fact I’m

here to tell you that every time something goes badly wrong, when you’re feeling lonely, or when

you just miss your old friends, homesickness can, and will, rear its ugly head.

There is some good news though. After more than two years living in Amsterdam I have found some

great ways to help stop it ruining your day, instead of jumping on the next flight home.

 

Have a Chat

The first is to get in touch with your friends and family and have a chat. Make sure you don’t over-
do it though because otherwise it can become too overwhelming, and the temptation will then be to

wallow in it. I find that skyping with my mum once a week (we are a close-knit family) is enough to

keep any homesickness at bay because I get an update on the rest of the family and what they have

been up to.

 

Skype

Hey mom! photo credit: Annette Schwindt via  cc

 

Keep Busy

It’s important to try not to dwell on these feelings too much, and by keeping yourself busy – either

with your (new) friends, new hobbies or a new project, you won’t give yourself time to even think

about being homesick. If you’ve just moved, make sure you put yourself out there and meet new

people.

 

Have Something to Look Forward To

If you’re really struggling with homesickness and it feels like you’re not dealing with it very well at

all, I find that having something (anything) to look forward to helps. Even if it’s as simple as going

out for a coffee with a friend. It doesn’t have to be something exotic or fancy, just as long as it’s

something that you enjoy.

 

Friends

Putting yourself out there to meet new friends is a great way to combat homesickness. photo credit: eflon via  cc

 

Exercise

After exercise your body releases endorphins, and I can definitely recommend going for a run or bike

ride to try and help you to nip the homesickness in the bud. It will not only make you healthier, you’ll

also feel better afterwards.

 

Give Yourself Some Time

Giving yourself time is really important. Expecting these feelings to just disappear immediately

won’t do you any favours. Instead, accept the fact that it might take some time to get over it and be

gentle with yourself. Sometimes the best solution is to have a good cry, and when you’re done try to

slowly move forward.

 

Have you ever had to deal with homesickness? What are your methods for dealing with it? I would

love to hear about them.

 

Image Credits: photo credit: candrews via cc

AshleyGuest Author: Ashley Howe is an expat who moved from the UK to Amsterdam in 2011. You can find her blogging at Amsterdam Blog, a blog for expats and tourists alike. She is also a freelance writer and online marketer. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

 

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