The terrifying yet thrilling feeling of moving away at a young age
But don't be upset with yourself.
Sometimes, it really is where the heart is. My understanding was that it completed a person, sanding down the rough provincial edges and transforming you into a citizen of the world. The honeymoon phase will end — always, and no matter where you are.
I had no friends in Madison; I had no security blanket. The terror reached a new level that weekend while I was at brunch. I had my routines, my favorite restaurants, and my cozy neighborhood, and I was leaving all that behind.
On the professional front, starting a new job means accepting that new and unknown challenges will be the norm for a while.
The things I was originally excited about now terrified me, and I felt myself pumping the brakes. Here's how: Bring a little bit of home with you.
Fear of moving away from family
Tell your mom or dad if you're so upset you can't sleep, eat, or do your usual stuff. I had my routines, my favorite restaurants, and my cozy neighborhood, and I was leaving all that behind. You also might have a headache or stomachache because being upset can sometimes make your body feel bad, too. If you're going away from home, bring your pillow or your favorite pajamas. I have decided to uproot my life in Chicago for a new Midwestern city, Madison, for a new job that I love. But don't be upset with yourself. To me, wheezing radiator, you are perfect. For me, home is where my laptop is and where the Wi-Fi connects automatically. When you do get in touch with someone, make sure to talk about the fun things you're doing! Maybe you can tell a friend that you feel homesick and the two of you can do something fun — like have a burping contest or tell each other jokes. Moving to a new city is stressful on so many levels, but beyond the stress of logistics, the start of something new brings with it conflicting feelings of eagerness and anxiety. If so, it's OK. You can learn to feel less homesick. Beyond my new professional life, I had a whole new city to explore; new streets to fall in love with, new routines to fall into, new restaurants to become my favorites, and new corners of the Midwest to fall in love with. Finally, I accepted that while Chicago will always be in my heart, Madison was my new home.
At a sleepover, play the games and do all the crazy dances! Even though your friends may envy you for your life abroad, they might not realize that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Sometimes, just telling someone that you're feeling a little homesick will help you feel better.
That's something that they can work on, but they might need some help from a psychologist or counselor.
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