Had the visit of my friend last night. He just got back from repat leave, and was so happy to break the news that he’s going to be a father soon. Almost instantly, sadness and silence ensued. He felt a deep longing to be back home, he missed his loved ones, so homesick!!! It’s going to be a very, very long two years away from home again ….. he sighed and started crying.
An actual long separation from dear ones, not to mention from specific environment or object you have attachment to causes an irrational feeling of discomfort and distress. No comforting words can help ease the pain of being away from home no matter how you try it.
Homesickness is very common among overseas contract workers. It frequently occurs when you tread into an unknown territory or culture. Most people describe it as a want or longing to be back home, continuously missing those you love, the environment you have grown accustomed to. Deep sadness, depression, frustration, anger, or hopelessness are some of the described feelings among expatriates. It sometimes leads to suicidal thoughts.
Are there ways to overcome homesickness? Some psychologists say, that the best way to prevent homesickness is to spend practice time away from home, keep a positive attitude, maintain communication with loved ones, whether it be traditional or electronic, engage in worthwhile activities, enjoy the new surroundings, and bring with you transitional object, something that will help you feel like home.
Who says, I am homesick, ha??? ….. aaaahhhhhhh!!!