How To Deal With Homesickness At Uni

Now, I know what you’re all thinking, I don’t go to Uni anymore but who’s to say I still can’t offer advice to those going in September, or rather those moving away from home. I moved away from home and looking back on it now, it was possibly one of the best things I ever did, even if I was hungry quite a lot…

  1. Make like minded friends

I found this really helped me at Uni. I made friends with people who were like me, people who also weren’t used to being away from home. You can then help each other through the hard stuff. It’s also good to make friends with a few people who can handle it too. They are the ones you go to for advice.

2. Talk to someone

I can’t stress this enough. I’m one of those people who keeps everything bottled up inside then lets it explode when I can’t take anymore. Don’t do that. Talk to someone, whether it’s you family, friends, partner or even a councillor, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. We all need help sometimes.

3. Keep busy

If you’re feeling low one day, the best thing to do is go out or do something to take your mind off of it. Arrange to go out for dinner with some friends or just go to the local park for a bit. Getting fresh air works wonders.

4. Take some time alone

I know, I know. I’m contradicting myself but by taking time alone, you are able to put things into perspective, take a deep breath and move forward. Sometimes that is simply all you need…oh and a cup of tea!

5. Go home for a bit

The obvious answer is to go home and see your loved ones. Although you think this might make you feel worse, chances are once you leave for uni again, you’ll be feeling a hell of a lot better and refreshed (you may even pick up some cooking tips along the way!) Or get people to come and visit you. I did this around my birthday with a few friends from home and it was such an instant pick up.

6. Cry it out

It really is okay to cry. I know this now. I used to find this highly embarrassing in front of anyone but seriously, once all those slushy emotions are out the way you can begin to concentrate on something else. Even making a blog post/ diary entry about it might help. Just mind those tear stained pages… no but seriously, it’s not the end of the world. You can cope with anything 🙂

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