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Welcome to September! Exciting new adventures always happen in September. Children going back to school, University and College are back in session, which can bring up some fun new feelings. Like perhaps; excitement, fear, stress, anxiety, even freedom maybe?
However there is usually another feeling or rather condition that arises when the baby bird leaves their nest and that is the terrible feeling called homesickness. I have to admit I too feel homesick and especially in times like these (Covid 19) where borders are closing, having to isolate and also general restrictions some may not be able to see their families right now, but hey let’s not get so down let’s have some fun and learn some helpful tips to get through this together!
Make time to be homesick. I know what you’re thinking “You really want me to make time in my schedule to cry and wish I could be somewhere better?” Well it’s not too weird you see emotions have to be released somehow if you bottle them up they will eventually explode. Now you don’t have to cry and sit in a corner (You can if you want) It might be easier for you to journal about it. Writing out your feelings can really help, it helps just to be able to have your thoughts in an external place, so that way they don’t take up your mental space.
Explore. If you’re in a new city or, maybe a whole new country or Province/ State, maybe go for some walks or do some research and check out some tourist spots. Getting out and getting some fresh air can really bring a new perspective and help with the process of healing. If you have any friends, new or old, maybe ask if they want to go with you on an adventure. They may be dealing with the same issue, and you could help them with their healing process as well.
Meditate. Meditation is something people look at as being boring or gross and only for Yogi’s and old people, but meditation is very soothing. When done properly you really can uncloud your mind and become much more clear about your goals in your new area/ surroundings. (Doesn’t hurt to do a bit of Yoga or stretching as well.)
Keep In Contact, But don’t OVER do it. Just because you’re in a new place, don’t forget to update your friends and family about how life’s going for you, and for them. However, try not to OVER do it. If you’re in contact too much too soon it may hurt you more than help you.
Don’t forget to eat something good, and exercise! I know, I know it’s so boring to eat healthy and exercise, especially after a busy day it’s the last thing you want to do. However, please take note that exercise can come in many forms such as walking, running, yoga, minor stretches, jogging, etc. Same with eating healthy, maybe you could switch eating potato chips for banana chips, or some fruits and veggies to add to your lunches. Money can often be scarce as a student so try your best to find healthy substitutes on a dime
In conclusion, it sucks being away from home. I have been living away from my parents for over three years now and it’s still hard. I’m only a province away from my old home, but still every once in a while I miss my family and friends, but never let that get in the way of paving your future. They will always be there along the way.
Note: The Free Your Mind Mental Health Society is an independent youth-led organization. The contents of this blog are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. In the event of a medical emergency, please call your doctor or 911 or other local emergency numbers immediately.