Build a Support System: Surround yourself with friends and peers who share similar feelings. Attend student events, join clubs, or engage in activities that interest you. Creating a support system within your university can make a significant difference.
Explore the Local Community: Sometimes, homesickness can be tied to feeling disconnected from the local environment. Take the time to explore the city or town where your university is located. Find places that resonate with you and make you feel more at home.
Stay Connected with Home: Technology makes it easier than ever to stay in touch with family and friends. Regular video calls, messages, or even planning visits when possible can help bridge the gap between your university life and home.
Seek Counseling Services: Most universities offer counseling services to students. Speaking with a professional can provide valuable insights and coping strategies. They can help you navigate your feelings and work towards a more positive mindset.
Plan Breaks or Weekends at Home: If feasible, plan short breaks or weekends at home. The change of scenery and time with loved ones can be rejuvenating and help you recharge for your academic responsibilities.
Focus on Personal Well-being: Take care of your physical and mental well-being. Ensure you're getting enough sleep, eating well, and engaging in activities that bring you joy. Sometimes, addressing basic needs can significantly impact your overall happiness.
Establish a routine
Now this may sound silly and rather simplistic but trust me on this one. I find it really difficult to keep on top of the different aspects of my life when I'm overwhelmed with homesickness. I don't feel like going out, I don't want to do my work, etc. . I have found that keeping myself busy through a consistent routine has really helped me settle into university life. Even if its as simple as getting up and out around the same each morning.
Bring stuff with you that reminds you of home. As an international student there are some foods typical to my country that aren't available over here. So, whenever I go home in between terms I make sure to stock up. This way i can incorporate aspects of my home life into my cooking. On top of this I own some silly knickknacks that also remind me of home. Be it pictures of my cats that I put up or my wooden Swiss cow. They're only small things but they make me feel closer to home.
Don't isolate yourself / you can go home
Every person's situation is unique but I have a tendency to contact my family less and less the more homesick I am. However, this really doesn't help the situation and I've found that making the effort to call home frequently makes me feel less isolated from those I love. On that topic, it's ok to go home. Now, I don't mean move back for an entire term, but going home for a weekend every once in a while might help. Again, this doesn't work for everyone, but I find a weekend at home can leave me feeling a lot better when I return to university again.