After you’ve taken the time to settle on a place and successfully move yourself to your new city, there’s still more you can do to make the experience a great one. In this week’s Relocation Survival Guide, we’ll cover some actionable tips for preventing homesickness after your move and ensuring you grow your network.
Before we jump into how you can mitigate these symptoms, know that it’s totally normal to miss home after a big relocation, especially if it’s your first time doing so.
Find Local Groups
What do you like doing? Do you have any hobbies? Using online resources like Meetup and Facebook groups will allow you to quickly find events that resonate with your hobbies. If you don’t have any hobbies already, now is a great time to take up a new activity that’s always interested you! Additionally, you can meet people on an individual basis through platonic networking apps like Bumble BFF and Patook.
Consider a variety of sources for meeting new people to build a diverse network of friends. When you only have friends from one group, it can become exhausting to socialize after a while. It also means that if one of these groups dissolve for any reason, you’re not starting your search over again.
Always Say Yes
Especially in your first few months, forget about the word “no” when it comes to invitations. If your coworkers invite you to grab dinner or explore the city, say yes! This not only provides quality bonding time, but also you’ll get to explore and learn about cool places in your new city. Keeping yourself open to accepting invitations can be highly valuable, and you’ll find yourself on many impromptu adventures.
When I first moved to Charleston, I adopted this principle and said yes even on the nights I didn’t feel like going out. I cherish the memories made on those nights as I got to know the city and my coworkers better. Now they are some of my closest friends around! If I had said no, we wouldn’t have had the connection outside of work that we have now.
Find a Creative Outlet
You won’t always be able to go out with your friends and fill your time with events. So what do you do when you find yourself at home, missing those you left behind? Find a creative outlet! Not everyone is a writer, painter, or musician, but most people have some form of creativity they can use to express their emotions. If you have some extra alone time after moving, use it to find your creative outlet!
Even something as simple as journaling can help immensely. Music is another great expressive practice, whether you already play something or if you’ve been interested in learning an instrument. It can be hard to know where to start, but once you start trying different things, you’ll begin to learn a lot about yourself and eventually land on something that resonates with you. On a hard day, I can almost guarantee a feeling of contentment and serenity after an hour of playing the bass. Creativity is powerful and having an outlet can turn your day around quickly. Give it a shot!
Give it Time
The most effective tip when it comes to overcoming homesickness would be simply giving it time. After a certain amount of time, you begin to feel comfortable in your new surroundings as your understanding of the area and network continue to grow. Don’t stress if you try these things and they don’t give permanent or immediate relief. Time is the only thing that can fully diminish those feelings, so don’t be too hard on yourself as you’re learning to adjust.
Connecting with new people
Next week we’re going to hone in on building a strong network after you’ve surpassed the post-relocation blues.