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Feeling homesick? You're not alone!

By CGordon 11 Nov 2021

New city, new home, new people and the lingering smell of pot noodle is nothing compared to your family Sunday roast. If you aren't able to head home for the holidays you might also be missing loved ones or feel the absence of flatmates.

Feeling homesick is completely normal, so try not to panic.

These tips will help you when you're missing home:

  1. Get out of your room
    Get to know your housemates and create your own little family within your flat! Organise a regular activity once a week (eg: movie night or cook off) because everyone needs a little perking up from time to time. If you're feeling homesick over the holidays, you can join the Never Home Alone Facebook group to connect with other students staying in Glasgow over the winter break.
  2. Try something new
    It's never too late to join a new society or club! Try a new sport, learn a language - just keep busy and out of your room so that you meet new people and accomplish something. Keep an eye out online for events you can get involved with in person and online.
  3. Healthy living
    Whether it's exercising, eating healthy or a bit of both, a healthy lifestyle will make you feel fresh, energised and create a positive mindset. Plus, exercise releases endorphins (happy hormones) which will cheer you up as you tone up! UofG Sport have an app with online and in-person classes.
  4. Make it feel like home
    Whether it's your favourite fluffy pillow, your toy mascot or pictures of your friends and family - these will all remind you that home is closer than you think.
  5. Keep in touch
    Make use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to keep up to speed with what your friends are up to. Skype, Facetime, Zoom, and regular phone calls to your family and friends at home will always perk up that bad day. You could even arrange some family dinners or game nights online on Zoom so it feels as though you are spending a bit more quality time together than a catch up.
  6. Talk to someone
    A lot of people will be feeling the same as you, you're all in the same boat! Before things start getting on top of you, have a chat with friends or reach out for support.
  7. Find ways to perk yourself up
    It's important to let yourself feel whatever emotion you need to, don't fight sadness if that's how you're feeling. Whenever you're feeling low, try to think of ways to perk yourself up - put your favourite funny film on or set yourself something new to achieve every day of that week to keep your mind occupied.