The first thing you need to know is that homesickness is normal. If you moved to a new country, or spent a lot of time somewhere new, and did not feel homesick, you might ask yourself why. After all, you spent most of your life in your homeland and now you have given it up to be somewhere else that may be completely foreign. For many people, dealing with homesickness is one of the inevitable consequences of not being in your home country.
When you first arrive, you are busy, confused, tired, eager to explore and you just want to see, taste, visit and do everything you possibly can. It is this busyness that keeps homesickness at bay. It is like a honeymoon period. When you first get married, it is all so exciting and wonderful, but eventually, ‘real life’ takes over and there is an adjustment period. With homesickness, it kind of means the ‘honeymoon’ is over, but once you get through it, you will feel more at home than ever before.
The first thing is to remember that it is usually a temporary phase. Of course, there are people who ultimately return home forever because they cannot endure the feelings of loss anymore. This would be extreme homesickness and for someone who feels that way, going home is probably the best decision they could make.
If, however, you are feeling homesick and would rather get through it so you can feel happier to stay, then there are a few things you can do to deal with it.