How to: Overcome Homesickness

For many college students, it is the first time they’re away from their parents for more than a few days. Living on your own is exhilarating and freeing for the first few moments, until you realize that you have to do your own laundry and there’s no one there to make you soup when you get a cold. This unfortunate disease is called homesickness. While there is no cure, there are many treatments that can alleviate the symptoms of this condition.

There are a lot of triggers that may make someone homesick: stress, the amount of money in your bank account and navigating the ins and outs of the college life. We’ve all been there. There are times when we just need a big hug from mom, an encouraging pat on the back from dad or a big lick on the cheek from the family dog and/or cat.

It’s important to remember that life is what you make it. If you miss home, here are some things you can do.

  1. Call your parents to chat about your day and ask about theirs.
  2. Call your siblings and let them know that you miss them.
  3. Ask your family to text you pictures of the dog sleeping because you know how much you all love it when he dangles himself over the arm of the couch like that.

What’s important is to give your conversation as much effort as possible. Don’t just create small talk but discuss real things. Tell them that you miss being home. You’d be surprised at how much better you’ll feel after having a genuine conversation with your mom on the phone where you talk about something other than the typical college issues.

Another suggestion is to take a weekend to recuperate. Rather than going out to a huge party, invite a friend to a dinner and a movie hangout. Cook yourself a meal that your mom always made for you.

Don’t forget the holidays! You can go home for Thanksgiving, winter, spring and summer vacation. Keep in mind that there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Take it one day at a time, and we’ll all survive.

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