Combatting homesickness when you move to Italy
Although we’re sure that excitement is the main emotion you’ll be experiencing in the run up to your move, we understand there’s likely to be a little nervousness mixed in there.
A move of this nature is a big change, which means you need to give yourself time to adjust. Below are a few tips for how to deal with homesickness when you move.
Research what to expect
When you feel those nerves start setting in, distract yourself by investigating all of the incredible food that you’ll be able to sample, corners of Italy you’d like to visit, and customs to be aware of. Researching what to expect will not only get you psyched up, it will also remind you why you are making the move in the first place, and that will soon eradicate those worries.
Remember to focus on why you moved, embrace the differences, throw yourself into your new life, and gradually you will start to feel more and more at home.
Accept that homesickness is normal
Don’t beat yourself up about feeling homesick. It’s perfectly natural to feel a little out of your depth, and to be missing familiarity. Give yourself a break, and a bit of time to get into the swing of things. There will of course be things that you miss about your home country: family, friends, TV, your favourite café; but remember to focus on why you moved, embrace the differences, throw yourself into your new life, and gradually you will start to feel more and more at home.
Take advantage of being a new arrival
You’re living in Italy…ITALY! Get out there and soak it up. Go see the sights you’ve always wanted to see, enjoy the leisurely long lunches in the sunshine you’ve been daydreaming about, and visit the designer shops you’ve heard so much about. Enjoy the fact that you’re in a new country – the country you love so much that you decided to up and move there! This is your chance to enjoy the life you’ve been dreaming about – get out there and see it, don’t lock yourself away.
Pursue a hobby or join a group
If you have a particular interest, or have always fancied learning a new skill, now’s your chance. This is a great way to get to know people with similar interests.
There is nothing more effective for combatting homesickness than being able to pick up the phone, or turn on the computer to call the person you’re missing.
There is nothing more effective for combatting homesickness than being able to pick up the phone, or turn on the computer to call the person you’re missing. Make sure that you get your phone and Internet up and running so that you can chat to anyone you want to, whenever you need to.
Move at the best time for your children
If you’re moving with children, make sure that you coincide the move with the school terms to ensure as little disruption to their education as possible. You’ll find that children do settle in quickly, and will probably master the language far faster than you, but it pays to have them start school at the beginning of the school year.
Find an expat community
Most places are home to a small expat community. Go along to an event and get chatting to people like you, who’ve taken the leap to pursue a life in Italy. Not only will they sympathise with how you’re feeling, they’ll be able to let you in on a few tips, and impart some local area knowledge that could stop things from feeling so alien.
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