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How do I get over missing home?

Asked by stout12 (13 points ) February 22nd, 2013

I will be starting a new job in April that has me moving away from home. I will be gone for seven months and I am worried that I will become homesick. What can I do to take my mind off of missing my family and friends?

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gailcalled's avatar

The fantasy about the ups and downs engendered by a new adventure is hard to turn off; we all, I would assume, deal with it.

And you will surely miss your family and friends; how could you not if you love them? But every new adventure brings new possibilities.

Being homesick is bearable. Once you get settled, you will find, I hope, ways of making new friends or at least some new acquaintances and colleagues at work.

Rarely is it these days that people never move around, at least a little.

Keep us posted. We may have some ideas.

antimatter's avatar

@gailcalled you are so right.
Grab the opportunity to explore, meet new friends.
Remember it’s not the town, the work or the people that will make you happy, it’s up to you to make it work with the right attitude that will determine your altitude.

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Jeruba's avatar

You will miss home, without a doubt. But in many ways it’s easier to be the one who leaves than the one who stays behind, with everything the same but the deeply felt absence. There will be all sorts of new things to occupy your mind: adjusting to a new situation, learning your way around town, trying out new shops and restaurants, discovering places to go for entertainment and recreation, and all the stimulation of a new job and new colleagues. If you stay open to new things and make new friends, you’ll find plenty to do. The inevitable lonesome moments will pass, and the seven months will be over before you know it.

Besides, there are more ways than ever to keep in touch. And will you be near enough to visit?

What’s in store for you at the end of that time?—return home? move on to another job? head back to school? Looking forward and making new plans will also give you a lot to think about.

zensky's avatar

Skype?

MollyMcGuire's avatar

You haven’t even left yet and you are asking how to get over missing home. You might find that you don’t miss it too much. If you are busy and like where you live you’ll find the missing not to be so great. I hope that’s the case. Good luck to you.

Mariah's avatar

You make the new place home.

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