“You can ache for where you come from, and it’s homesickness. A relationship, and it’s
heartbreak. But is there a word for missing your loved ones like that?”– Emery Lord, When We
Moving abroad, whether you are studying, interning, volunteering or just traveling for an extended period of time, is complicated. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying or in the private-jet-owning tax bracket. The experience can be thrilling, energizing and eye-opening, but it can also be incredibly challenging in a number of ways.
Homesickness is the one of the biggest challenge to overcome, and achieve victory upon, if once you have decided to steps out of your house, your comfort zone. As it is rightly said by Albert Camus – “I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion.” Yes, indeed it is true a man can achieve, fight, control everything in this world expect his own emotions.
According to the psychologists’ homesickness is cognitive hallmark preoccupying thoughts of home and attachment objects. Sufferers typically report a combination of depressive and anxious symptoms, withdrawn behavior and difficulty focusing on topics unrelated to home. The above statement may sound serious with some typically “serious terms”, but trust me it is quite a meditative topic to ponder upon, once you are set to travel aboard.
These days with rapid development in internet and communication, traveler’s generally do a
keen study about the foreign land which is going to be their destination of purpose. However,
the major study which is missed by each one of us is to know how to prepare ourselves to avoid
the primary drawback of travelling that is “homesickness”.
Here in this article I would love to discuss few points on how to avoid homesickness in our first
few days overseas which was indeed experimentally proved true for many students and
travelers, including “me”.
Homesickness is a very real anxiety issue, but one should not hold back their dreams and career, because of such a usual problem. It is a natural problem which is experienced by all of us when we have to live separated from our loved ones, but it is 100% possible to overcome it and follow our dreams which has made us to travel to a foreign land. Apart from all these tips, our determination and strong will power to handle any situation can pave the ways to success. Statistics says that more than 2 million students travel each year across the world to explore and learn, and indeed everyone have enjoyed the experience. So, if 2 million can, then even each one us can.
– by Jacklin M Anthony