It seems like my confident proclamation that I would update my blog once weekly has now turned into an amusing and utterly false statement, which probably surprises no one who is well-acquainted with my personality. Briefly looking through the lonely and pathetic looking three posts that this blog has, last updated nearly a year ago… I have to make an apology to everyone who has actually read this blog and asked me when I was going to update again (i.e. pretty much only my family members… sorry no one else really cares). However, after a spate of being exceedingly busy recently, I finally find myself with a rare moment of breathing space today… and there’s been an issue that’s been on my mind recently. This post will be a bit of a departure from my other updates, but it involves how to cope with living abroad, so I felt it was appropriate.
Recently, I was contacted by a person in my program (teaching English in Japan) who said she was struggling with homesickness and was feeling very down. This is, of course, extremely common. It pretty much comes with the territory of living abroad. No matter who you are, how confident you are, and how used to being independent you are, you will have low days. I’ve had students approach me who were interested in studying abroad, but were always scared of the doomed day in which homesickness would strike them. It’s a very real fear. However, as someone who has lived abroad for nearly six uninterrupted years now (first in university in Scotland and now in Japan), I’ve come up with some techniques for dealing with these issues. So if you’re feeling down, or have ever experienced homesickness… feel free to check out my coping methods and borrow as many or as little as seem appropriate for you!