What to do when you get homesick

We know more than anyone how difficult it is to move overseas – especially if you’re living and studying in the isolated place that is Western Australia! No matter how settled you become, you’ll always miss your family, friends and the little things that make home, “home”. 

Homesickness is incredibly common amongst those who study in Perth – so, first things first, remember that you’re not alone! Secondly, check out our list below of ways you can help to ease your pain. 

List what you love
1. Make a list of the things you love about Perth Western Australia. Perhaps it’s the sunny weather, the friendly people or the beautiful, clean beaches you can visit every day. Putting your thoughts down on paper (and referring back to these whenever you feel sad or lonely) will help to give you some perspective! 

Give it a burl
2. Have you always wanted to play an instrument? Perhaps you’d like to improve your cooking skills, or pick up a new sport? Well, now’s the time to do it!

Trying out a new hobby will not only take your mind off your homesickness, you’ll also meet new people who might be in the same boat as you.

Plan for the long haul
3. This may seem like an obvious one but planning your next home visit will give you something to look forward to – even if it’s a year away. Whilst we don’t endorse “counting down the days” to return home, we do know how much easier it’ll make the day-to-day when you’re struggling.

You do you
4. Take a little time to yourself now and then. Or in other words, #treatyourself. Whether that means a pamper session with an at-home facial and bubble bath or by eating some of your favorite chocolate, indulging in a little “me time” will help improve your mood, no matter the situation.

Fierce and focused
5. Think about the reasons why you came to study in Western Australia in the first place. What do you plan to achieve from your courses in Perth? What are your goals in the short-term and the long-term? Ticking off little achievements (as small as they may be!) will encourage you to stay on track.

Have a natter
6. Talking to a friend – or somebody close to you that you trust – about your feelings is one of the best ways to relieve some stress. Studies show that friendships increase your sense of belonging and purpose, boost your happiness and reduce your stress and improve your self-confidence and self-worth. Even if this means calling someone at home – do it! You won’t regret it.

If you’ve tried all of the above and you’re still feeling average, get in touch with us and we can point you in the right direction. After all, we’re here to help!

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