I’ve dealt with homesickness since I was pretty young. I remember being nine years old on a school trip and crying every night because I missed my bed (among other things obviously, but mainly my bed). I’m sixteen now and was away from home recently and I felt the exact same.
It’s strange though, because I’m a pretty independent person and when I am at home, I stick to myself and stay in my room most the time - but they may be the exact reason I get homesick. Being forced into a new place without warning and having routine torn away can really mess with your head.
I don’t go away that often, only to sleepovers at my friends’ which never prove a problem in terms of feeling homesick. I find it’s when I’m with new people, or people I’m not as close with. I also found I felt a lot worse when I further away from home too.
I have learned how to handle it, however. I know I’ll never go out of my way to cure it because I rarely go away from home for long periods of time, and won’t be doing so for the foreseeable future. However, there are a couple things I’ve figured out in case I do.
It’s also crucial to remember that being homesick isn’t anything to be embarrassed about. It affects every gender and every age group and it’s completely human. But, it’s also important to not let it limit you in terms of having fun, going new places and meeting new people. You may feel out of your comfort zone but it’s worth it sometimes.
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