Due to the popularity of our last post on this topic, we’ve decided to write another four tips that will help you get through the rough times of college. It’s our hope that with these tips up your sleeve, you’ll be well prepared to get the most out of your college experience.
- Don’t stop making friends – One of the best ways to combat any feelings on melancholy or homesickness is to have a network of friends to fall back on. Granted, developing this network of friends is tough over the first few weeks of school, but that doesn’t mean you should stop trying. If nothing else, you’ll be able to talk to others and commiserate about your feelings.
- Go for a long walk – Walking does wonders to clear one’s head and to sort your thoughts. Also, exercise has been proven to be a great source of endorphins, which can help snap you out of your funk. But, before you lace up your sneakers just make sure you’re familiar with the area to ensure you don’t wander into an unpleasant part of town.
- Eat good food – Sometimes campus dining just isn’t cutting it when you long for a good meal. When that happens, try to invite a few friends out to a local restaurant. The conversation, company and food will help to put you out of any sadness and help you overcome your emotions. After all, there really is something about breaking bread that will bring people together.
- Recognize homesickness when it starts – For many, college can be the first extended period of time that they are away from their family and friends, and feelings of sadness can be very new. It’s important to realize when you’ve caught a case of homesickness, because that’s the first step to doing something about it!
Readers, have any other tips on how to deal with homesickness? Are there any specific methods that you happened to use?