Plans to Manage Homesickness
Keeping yourself healthy and strong is very important to wisely manage homesickness. Homesickness is a very normal feeling when you are in a new country to learn new things. Sometimes you don’t want to go out of your room, you don’t want to eat, you don’t want to talk, you think nobody likes you, you feel like you have no one to talk to, you don’t want to do anything and you cannot do anything. You don’t need to feel sad because of these feelings. The truth is they are very normal. Now, how can you manage your homesickness better to be successful in a foreign country?
Let’s start with small plans:
- Take “I can do it!” steps; faithfully coming to work/classes even when you don’t feel like it.
- Understand that one culture is not better than the other, it’s just different.
- Be kind to others. Never to be rude to others. Find something you like to do, like exercise, when you feel grumpy or angry.
- Do your best to learn about the new culture, especially about things that are strange to you.
- Remember your home culture and language will always be very important to who you are.
- Talk to your family, friends and someone you trust. Ask them to listen, but recognize they may not always understand what you are going through.
- Take it easy, and give yourself time to adjust. For most, two years is the beginning of feeling at home in a new culture.
- Remember there are always others cheering for you, including me and your coworkers/friends.
When you manage your homesickness wisely, your career and life will be happier and more successful. Let’s do this together! You Can Do This!
If you have any questions or comments, I welcome your response in Comments.
Ben Kim Founder & President
The Kim Center Coachbenkim@gmail.com