It’s a Christmas thing. Even if you find yourself in the most beautiful corner of the Earth, you’ll still feel a little lonely. After all, there’s nothing like a festive season spent with one’s friends and family.
Fortunately, there are some ways in which you can manage this sense of nostalgia. Here are some tips for beating homesickness when you’re far away from home during Christmas:
1. Avoid self-victimization. When you’re feeling homesick, you’re more likely to blame other people and external factors. That’s when you need to remember that you’re the one who chose to be here. And with that choice came a certain degree of responsibility for handling the holiday without the usual merry atmosphere at the family table.
Own where you are and choose where you want to be next. Realize that you need to take one small step at a time to reach your goals. Certain sacrifices are a part of the process.
2. See something new. Exploring the place you’re staying at is one of the best strategies to battle homesickness. Changing the scenery and doing something you’re not used to doing will help you to see the situation from a different perspective. You’ll be able to appreciate much more what you have and be more ready to accept that sometimes it takes some struggle and unpleasantness to reach a stage in your life where you’ll feel satisfaction and know you’ve realized your goals.
3. Eat familiar food. Bring in your grandmother’s favorite recipes for Christmas treats, or have a go at your mother’s special pie recipe. Eating foods special to you will help you feel happy and find a very sensual point of connection. Tastes and smells have the power to bring back our most complete memories of a happy Christmas time with our loved ones.
4. Write letters. Letters, especially handwritten ones, will help you to feel close to your loved ones. Not only does it help to battle your homesickness, but it also makes the other party smile and appreciate your gesture. Getting and sending Christmas cards is a great idea to maintain a sense of close connection — once you see a letter waiting for you at home, you’ll instantly get a smile on your face.
5. Don’t hide it. The worst thing to do when you’re feeling homesick is to pretend everything is all right. You might not realize it, but everyone at some point in their lives will feel this twinge of nostalgia. There’s a chance that there’s another troubled soul out there waiting for someone to notice their struggle. Just be honest and you’ll see how many people will empathize with you.
6. Don’t wrap yourself in your homesickness. In order to beat your homesickness, you simply need to reach out. Maintain regular contact with your friends and family via social media, Skype, e-mail or instant messaging. When you’re doing this, don’t forget the value of new friendships. Reach out to new people.
If the language is a significant barrier, try expatriate networks and circles. Some of them might even be a part of your company.
Homesickness is something everyone will face at one time or another. Be honest with yourself and try some of these tips. Instead of obsessively thinking about how things should be, change your attitude and be ready to create new habits and traditions that suit your current situation.