When homesickness hits

I have to admit, being so far away from home is not easy. It’s like a rollercoaster of emotions all the time. Up and down, up and down, it’s never-ending. Some weeks are better than others and this week wasn’t one of them. I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t shake it this week. I feel like this:

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Since I figure I’m probably not the only person who struggles with missing home, I thought I’d share some tips of things that I do when homesickness hits.
When homesickness hits I:

1) Skype and/or Face-time , text message, and email with family and friends: Technology has been my saving grace these last few months. Actually being able to see AND hear the people you love does wonders for helping with homesickness. Starting my day with a text from my Mom, or a video message from a friend makes me so happy.
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yes, I Face-time with my sister’s dogs!

2) Send cards home: I adore receiving mail, and I love sending it, too. Writing is therapeutic for me, so I like to send cards to the people I’m thinking about. In some ways, it makes me feel like I’m talking to them!
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3) Keep busy: Being bored just increases homesickness. I’m thankful classes keep me super busy because it helps keep my mind off of how far away I am.  If I don’t have class or studying to do, I’ll clean the house, get a pedicure, or go for a run. Whatever you do, just keep busy!

4) Exercise: Whether it’s going for a run, lifting weights or taking a fitness class, exercise creates endorphins and endorphins make you happy (thanks Legally Blonde!) I always feel 100% better after exercising, and it keeps my mind off of missing home.
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5) Do something you love: Doing things you love help you to smile, right? Things on the top of my list involve anything with baking, shopping, walking, exercising, reading, or going to the beach.
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6) Surround yourself with people: Maybe this doesn’t work for everyone, but it certainly helps me. Being surrounded by girlfriends instantly lifts my spirits. I’ve even found going to a group exercise class helps because of the social element.
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7) Watch your favorite show or movie: I know I have an addiction, but I make it a point to not miss an episode of the Real Housewives of  Beverly Hills (or Atlanta, Miami, NYC, etc). Watching them makes me feel right at home!

8) Put up pictures of your loved ones and “reminders” of home: I have covered our apartment with pictures, magnets, and things to make it feel more home-y.
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9) Don’t keep it in: I’m pretty good at keeping my emotions bottled up inside, which isn’t a good thing! Talking about who you miss or what you miss will help. You might shed a tear or two, but you’ll more than likely feel better after. Hugs help, too!

10) Get an ice-cream cone: Alright, this one might just apply to me, but I’m sticking with it. Ice-cream is my go-to remedy. Ice cream=smiles, always!

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Does anyone else have any homesick remedies? Please share!

P.S. My twin sister got engaged today!!! I have NEVER been more excited for two people in my life! I love this beautiful couple, and I’m obsessed with her gorgeous ring. Love you guys!!
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20 thoughts on “When homesickness hits

  1. Meredith, you never cease to amaze me!! Your “Post” will help so many people suffering from homesickness. Thank you for putting your thoughts on paper…especially when you’re so time challenged. And remember that we’re homesick for YOU!!! Dad and I love you more than words can express….Can’t wait to be together….xoxo

  2. Sending you HUGE hugs, lovely! Thank goodness for Skype and Face time and all of those wonderful technologies – they really make a huge difference.

    I love that you included Get an Icecream Cone, haha.

    Congratulations to your sister! How exciting for your family :)

  3. Oh girl I can imagine! I jsut moved away from my family last summer RIGHT after having a baby…tell em about being homesick….hope it gets better..and yes facetime helps BUT its not the same!

  4. I totally feel you. I just moved quite a ways away from home and definitely have bouts of homesickness hit me here and there. I just try to stay as busy as possible to keep my mind off of it. Blogging honestly helps me a lot! :)

    That ring is gorgeous!! Congrats to your sister!

  5. This is a great post, Mere! You are so STRONG for the move you’ve made and the life you’ve created in Australia with Brandon. Not many people would be able to do that with as much grace and smiles and a good attitude as you have. I’m always insprired by your posts like this! I need to be better about keeping in touch and sending you notes- that’s on my to-do list this weekend:) and ice cream always makes things better! congrats to kim and jim:)

    miss you lots and lots and lots!
    xoxoxo

  6. I love reading this and keeping up with all you’re doing! So happy about all the “talking” we have done over the last few days. I wish I could make the home sickness go away. Miss you so much and love you to the moon and back! xoxo

  7. Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that- if I was near enough I’d give you a big hug and go out on an ice-cream date with you. Unfortunately all I have is virtual hugs and a request for you to get me an ice-cream next time you go ;)

  8. Hello Sweet Meredith, I so wish I was closer. I know how hard it is when your loved ones are not near. Sarah is just on the other side of the US but I miss her terribly. I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished. I am always telling people about my beautiful god-child who is living a dream in Australia. I love you and please feel the great big “HUG” coming your way.

  9. Hi! I came across your blog and was drawn in with the honesty of how you write. I just moved away from home for grad. school and constantly think about home. Thanks for the great post and I look forward to following your blog! :)

  10. I definitely get what you mean. I have two nieces and a nephew in Wisconsin and I’m in North Carolina. Seeing them grow up so fast and far away kills me a little each time I see pictures :(

    Your tips are great though. <3 xoxo

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