Homesickness in a Pandemic
“The key to keeping my homesickness at bay is to have things to look forward to!”
Throughout my time at university homesickness has been one of the biggest things I’ve had to contend with.
I’ve tried to be vocal about my experiences in an attempt to normalise this feeling for students and, with more areas in the UK going into lockdown and separating families to a greater extent, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve been up to to keep homesickness at bay.
Yoga is one of the only things that I’ve continued from the days of national lockdown. My mum and I would use yoga to unwind in the evening or to ease the aches from sitting at a desk all day while working from home. Since I’ve been back at university we’ve kept up with it! We both pop Yoga with Adriene on and set up a video chat and it’s a lot of fun! ‘Booking’ these sessions in with my mum gives me something to look forward to and keep me going through the week.
Just before I returned to Warwick, my mum and I also started watching the Great British Bake Off (along with most of the nation, probably), as well as a personal favourite Ghosts. We might not be able to watch them together but it gives us something to chat about when we call each other and, again, gives us both something to look forward to in the week.
Why not find a TV show to watch along with your family at home or even your uni friends who live separately from you? It could be something new, or an old favourite, but it really could help ease any homesickness or anxiety you may be feeling.
Simple as this one is, it works! I tend to have to arrange calls beforehand, especially with my dad, because I never know when he’s free, but I look forward to when I can finally have a catch-up, and perhaps have a shoulder to lean on if things are tough at the time.
Do what you can to make your room at university feel as homely as possible! My personal favourite additions are fairy lights, photos, and blankets or throws. Making your uni room feel like a second home should work a charm in easing the sense of homesickness.
I find a lot of comfort in treating myself to my favourite foods, especially if they remind me of home, so perhaps try to replicate a favourite dish from home or order a familiar takeaway to help feel more at home at university.
What I’ve learned from writing up this post is that the key to keeping my homesickness at bay is to have things to look forward to! So why not pencil in some virtual get together’s with family and friends at home to get you through the long weeks of work and uncertainty!
Please remember, too, that there is no shame in feeling homesick, especially at times like these. Please seek help if you feel you need it, there’s always someone willing to listen.
Until next time.