5 tips for tackling homesickness at university
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Moving away from home for the first time can be scary, especially when you’re launched in at the deep end in university halls, with flatmates you don't know. Most of us will experience homesickness at some point in our lives. In fact, research shows that around 50-70% of new UK students suffer from homesickness to some extent when they first move away to university. Feeling homesick is normal and to be expected, but if you’re finding it tough to combat the feeling of missing home, here are five top tips to help you battle through it: 1. Resist the temptation to have constant, daily contact with home. Although you miss your family, spending hours on FaceTime will only make it worse, as it will result in you missing them even more. It can also take precious time away from making new friends (resulting in you feeling even more isolated). 2. Even when it may seem difficult, try to keep yourself as busy as possible. Sign up to one of the societies or fresher’s events, say yes to that night out! This will take your mind off home and strengthen new friendships you have formed.
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5. Finally, look after yourself. Make sure you are eating and sleeping properly. It is recommended that you get at least 7 undisturbed hours of sleep a night so make sure you’re doing this. Eating healthy and getting sufficient exercise and sleep have been proven to help lift your mood, which will make the transition easier to cope with. However, if your feelings of homesickness are severe and are not going away please consider talking to a counsellor or a friend about the issue. Don’t suffer in silence! For further advice on this topic and more, Click here
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