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Dealing with homesickness in Scotland

Hello everyone,

Being an expat in Scotland can turn out to be a wonderful human, social or professional adventure... with potential moments of nostalgia and homesickness along the way.

What are your personal tips to prevent homesickness?

How do you deal with such feelings?

Are there shops or stores offering products from your home country in Scotland? Or maybe venues with music and ambiance from your homeland?

Thanks for sharing your experience,

Priscilla

Dealing with homesick?
Call/chat/WhatsApp with parents/brothers/sister-in-laws/niece-nephew and friends back home as often as possible. I used to call my mum everyday when she was still there... Stay in touch with people you care  :heart:
Cook my favourite country-dishes  :)
Visit home Dec/Jan, April and October - 3x a year!  :cool:
So far... these are worked!

I normally deal with homesickness in a few ways.

1) Visit home at least 2 times a year and try to make them visits for at least 10 days. The longer, the better so I'll sometimes try to get a short term job in the area to justify being there. I also like to do it during the holidays in the US to get the most benefit from it.

2) Identify things that I miss about home and search for them in my new home. I used to live in Spain, in Valencia, and it never really felt like fall there so I would always try to do a small trip to a cooler area with the trees changing colors to really feel like I'm at "home", with the 4 seasons of Wisconsin (my home state). I also would get a hot chai latte or pumpkin spice latte (yes, it does taste like fall and, yes, that's what I am going for), or have a BBQ, or watch a movie that reminds me of home.

3) Call family and friend regularly, but also consistently write postcards. It helps me be able to "talk" to them when maybe it's possible to do due to the time zone difference and it makes me happy to think that, at some point in the future, they get a small reminder that I am thinking of them.

4) Have a schedule. Setting up into a new place can make having a schedule a bit difficult to do at first, but it really helps. I would always start my day going outside or exercising, then having a nice breakfast, and then tackle my to-do list, whatever it is. I would then make sure to stop at around 6-7 PM, watch an episode of something, make dinner, and just relax. First, it helped with jetlag and, second, it helped me set limits to how much I could get done in a day so I don't overwhelm myself.

5) Find and meet new people, which can include people from the US (or your home country). It helped to have Thanksgiving dinner with people who knew about it or even St Nick's Day for fellow Wisconsinites (interestingly enough, I had a Swiss friend who would celebrate that with me and made it feel extra special). It helps to make connections to home that are not just your family because then they can physically be there for you when your family may not be able to physically be there for you.

And that's about it! Hope it helps anyone who is looking!

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