It is very common for students who study abroad to experience culture shock and/or homesickness. Homesickness occurs when you start to feel sad and lonely being far away from home for a period of time. Although it is very normal to feel homesick and to experience culture shock, not everyone goes through that. If you are suffering culture shock and/or facing homesickness, here are 7 tips to help you overcome:
1. Don’t keep to yourself
If you are living in a homestay, talk to your host family or talk to a close friend. Let them know how you are feeling; talk to them about the things you are missing from home. Sometimes just by getting your feelings out, can help you feel better.
2. Get out of the house
Look for things to do; check out the city by sightseeing, check out town events, try new foods, go for a walk in the park, go shopping, or participate in the after school activities. When you leave the house you are not only putting yourself out there to meet new friends, but you are also keeping yourself and your mind busy.
Find an activity that you can enjoy, such as: running, jogging, hiking, etc. Exercise allows you to reduce stress and avoid depression.
4. Make friends
Talk to your classmates and get to know them. Besides, join the school’s Facebook page and try to meet other students in the same situation as you i.e. other freshman’s, seniors, international students, etc.
5. Be patient
Remember that it takes time to adapt to a new country and culture and it won’t happen overnight. Give yourself time to adjust, but most importantly, embrace the new culture. In order to adapt, you need to allow yourself to immerse in the culture first.
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