I’m not going to lie; homesickness is one of the hardest things you will encounter when you move to Australia. Even the most independent of people get bogged down with it some days, it’s just the way it is. However, there are some things you can do to ease the pain of homesickness and brighten your mood.
Arrange a time to FaceTime each week
Homesickness didn’t really faze me while I was travelling – I was having way too much fun! But once I settled in Melbourne and started working again, it felt like I was back home again but without the support of my family and friends. I found that Sunday evenings were the hardest for me so I decided I would book out an hour every Sunday to FaceTime my parents. The time difference also works out the best and I know that I can definitely catch them at this time each week.
Keep yourself busy
Cliché but it’s true. Keeping yourself busy stops your mind from ticking overtime and thinking about home. Throw yourself into work, join a gym, take up a hobby or even book a weekend away with your friends – anything that’s going to fill up that spare time when your mind is mostly likely to wander! I always try and plan my weekend at least a week ahead to make sure I’m keeping busy, especially on a Sunday!
Stay in touch on WhatsApp
WhatsApp has worked out really well in terms of keeping in touch with people back home. If you have a few close friends you want to stay in touch with, add them all to a group chat so that you can talk to them at once. It also helps you stay in the loop with what’s happening at home. If you don’t have WhatsApp then Facebook Messenger works just as well.
Fill your apartment with photos & things from home
I have so many photo frames around my apartment filled with my family and friends. I love looking back on the memories and it reminds of the good times I had back home. I also try and find some really unique prints or piece of artwork that remind me of home, like this design of Manchester which I have in my bedroom.
Look forward to your trip home
Now I’m not saying throw in the towel and book a one way flight home, but it’s likely you will be looking at or have already booked a flight home in the next 6 – 12 months. Once you’ve got a date locked in, you’ll be surprised how fast the time goes by before you head off for your trip home. Knowing that you’ll be heading down soon will give you something to look forward to and it can make those down days a bit better. I’m heading back home in August for 3 weeks and I can’t wait!
Cook or buy some home comforts!
I really miss my mum’s roast dinner; it’s a bit of a tradition to have a nice big home cooked family meal on a Sunday which is why I think I miss home so much on a Sunday! So when I’m feeling down, I might spend the day prepping and cooking a roast dinner to keep my mind off things. I also try and keep a stash of my favourite sweets from; they never tend to last too long though…
Take time to reflect on what you’ve achieved
This is the most important piece of advice I can give you about homesickness. Too often I have been caught up in my own thoughts about missing home and wondering what the hell I’m doing being so far away from. This is the time when you need to stop and reflect on how much you have achieved by uprooting and moving to another country. People back home praise you for doing what you have done because they know they couldn’t have done it themselves. So don’t be so hard on yourself and remember that home is always going to be there.
If you suffer from homesickness, let me know – I’d love to know your tips.