The New Normal; Combatting Homesickness When Moving Abroad
We’ve co-ordinated moves around the globe for countless numbers of people and often for entire families and we understand that feeling ‘homesick’ is a phenomenon experienced by many at some point during the settling in period. It is a transitory feeling that will ease with time as you acclimatise to the ‘new normal.’ Here are a few tips we’ve put together on combatting the hankerings you’ll experience for your previous life:
It’s important to ‘create’ your new life rather than letting the sense of unfamiliarity and change overwhelm you. Make a point of creating a new routine and adding certain things that you enjoy into your day to day routine. Acquiring a new hobby that you perhaps wouldn’t have taken up in your previous home or finding a new favourite restaurant to visit every weekend will help create a new routine.
Amidst the turmoil of all that is changing in your new life, it can also be very tempting to retire to your own home. It’s natural to seek sanctuary whilst feeling the effects of homesickness and being immersed in the unfamiliar, but isolation will amplify feelings of homesickness. The more you can get out of the house and explore the environment around you, the better. Immersing yourself in your new environment will reduce the time it takes for you to adapt.
There is also a familiarity, a history and a sentimental attachment to your possessions that is hard to replace that will be remarkably welcome amongst the turbulence and upheaval of starting a new life in another country. Deciding on whether to take household effects with you, when you make the move, is no easy task. On one hand it is tempting to make the move as light as possible and start a new life with new possessions once you reach your new home. Realistically, the practicalities of getting rid of an entire property of contents and then having to acquire a whole new set of everything at the other end, can be quite involved. It is also an opportunity to take personal possessions and furniture which maybe family heirlooms, may be of a particular sentimental value or jsy bridges the gap between the new world and your previous life.
If you would like any further advice on the rigours of moving abroad and of shipping your household contents to another country, our International Team are on-hand to answer your questions. Please contact us on 01902 714555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on moving internationally please see our website here or for moving within Europe, please see our website here.