If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s over thinking things. Preparing myself to live abroad for a year was really no exception to that. I had constant Skype meetings with my family and friends from back home, I had a little box full of things from home, and a whole pile of strategies sorted out for every occasion I could plan for. Thankfully, for the most part, that helped. Despite a few bad nights, most of my time away from home was fairly successful and not as miserable as I had been anticipating it to be.
It’s inevitable. No matter how long you’re away for, how much fun you’re having, or how much better you think your life is now than before, you’re going to get homesick. It’s something you should not only prepare for, but something you should count on.
All that being said, it’s important to face the matter head on. Like all things in life, denial and avoidance aren’t going to get you anywhere. I’ve compiled a list of things that I found particularly helpful for me on my down days, so hopefully they give you some ideas as to what might help you!