Cur­ing home­sick­ness

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Education Guide -

WHEN you go to col­lege, you may only be a few miles away and in your own coun­try, but home­sick­ness can still strike.

It is an un­set­tling feel­ing that might hin­der you from get­ting to grips with your study course.

Here are some ideas for over­com­ing home­sick­ness.

Know what is go­ing on

Home­sick­ness is a stress re­ac­tion that comes from be­ing in an un­fa­mil­iar place. You feel anx­ious and de­pressed be­cause ev­ery­thing is new: the place, the peo­ple and the rou­tine. As a re­sult, you pine for the fa­mil­iar rou­tine of home and friends.

Recog­nise that it is tem­po­rary

It may feel like hap­pi­ness is hard to at­tain, but that is part of the de­pres­sion that comes from the stress of change.

Home­sick­ness goes away as soon as you start to make friends and adapt to the new rou­tine.

Go out and min­gle

The best way to adapt is by mak­ing new connections. That means go­ing to class and talk­ing to the per­son next to you or join­ing a club so that you can meet peo­ple with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests.

Many oth­ers feel the same

The peo­ple around you are feel­ing just as un­set­tled as you are. Some will show it and oth­ers may not, but feel­ing dis­ori­ented in a new place is very com­mon. So, know that you are not alone.

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