It’s that time of year again when the stress of handing in assignments and exams can get a little bit too much. For me it is the time of year when I miss the comforts of home the most. I miss good luck cuddles from my mum and the taste of proper home-cooked food. Therefore over the years, especially as I am now very far from home, I have had to find ways to deal with feeling homesick. Here are a few ways I try to get over missing home that you could try if you too are missing home during this stressful time of year.
- If you can make the spare time and home isn’t too far away don’t be afraid of going home for a day or two. When I am in Leicester the journey home is only an hour and 30 minutes so if I have a spare weekend free and I am missing home I often hop on the train for the weekend, remembering to use the journey time to do some revision or seminar reading. However, I must note that for me, going home can sometimes make my homesickness worse so try and work out what is best for you.
- Make plans with friends. When I am missing home I try to make sure I am not alone too often as this can make it worse and normally makes me feel really lonely. Instead I try to make plans with my university friends. These plans can range from a trip to the cinema, a study session, going for lunch or even making a home cooked meal together. I always feel tons better after spending time with my friends.
- One way of getting my mind off things is to focus on my studies. If I find myself missing home and sitting around doing nothing I normally pick up my books and laptop and head to the library as that way I will no longer be thinking about how much I miss home.
- In my first year as a student at the University of Leicester I took up running and I can honestly say that without it I would probably have missed home a lot more. Running allowed me to focus on achieving personal goals, and I very much enjoyed getting outside in the fresh air on days when I had some free time.
There are so many things to do in and around Leicester socially which also helped me forget about my homesickness, that now I actually think of Leicester as my home. Hopefully these tips can help anyone dealing with homesickness during this stressful time of year.