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Dealing with Homesickness

Living overseas is a lot of fun and it can be an exciting experience. However, at times it can be difficult.

No matter who you are at some point you will miss home. Homesickness is something we all have to deal with. Some people are hit harder than others. It’s how we deal with it that is important.

Being connected with home is a lot easier now than it was say 10 years ago. There is always email, but programs like Skype are making home seem a lot closer than ever before. But even with these programs it’s not always like being home.

My first year here was a whirlwind and it was exciting, but I knew after a year I would be home to see my family and friends. This year I decided to resign, so I will be away for at least 2 years. That may not seem like a long time in the grand scheme of things, but in the short haul it does.

I have struggled with it like never before lately, and I haven’t dealt with it well. It’s not easy. It’s basically taken a lot of mental will power to become busy in different things to take my mind off of it.

One thing I am trying to do to help is to plan what I will do after this contract is up. I still have 10 months but it will be here before you know it. I want to travel, but I don’t know where yet. If it will be a short trip around Asia or Europe or somewhere back home in the States.

Part of my problem was I was being very stagnant. I wasn’t getting out on a daily basis. I wasn’t getting the exercise I need. With that I have put on weight, which only worsens the condition.

For me it has seemed to be more than just homesick but maybe even a little depressed. The weight gain, the lack of motivation, increased irritability, and missing home has snowballed into making me a miserable person of late. I recognize I haven’t been myself and I am trying to make things right. But it isn’t easy to shake it sometimes.

People deal with it in different ways. I’m trying to write more because that has always helped me. You’ll see more writing more often here, but I also will be writing more in my journal.

Have you ever been homesick? I’d like to know how you dealt with it.

‘Till next time


About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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