Let’s get real, here. No matter how much you love your hometown or your family there, you might not be fortunate enough to live close to home your whole life. Whether it be a short stint for an internship/co-op (like I did) or completely relocating to make a home in a new city, moving away is never easy.
Although I am a firm believer that you really do need to need to take some time in your life to live on your own (you can read more from that post here), the transition still wasn’t easy for me. During this time, I learned a lot about myself and different ways to learn how to handle living away from home.
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1. Take pictures with you
Nothing is the same as seeing someone in person or getting a great big bear hug, but these little tokens that remind you of good times at home will make any sad day brighter. I took a couple pictures with me, but when I wanted to see more happy pictures, I hit up Facebook and scrolled through countless pictures…which led me to a profile of a cousin’s friend of a friend of a friend… So needless to say, that distraction helped my sadness as well! (:
2. Schedule Skype calls
What’s better than pictures? Actually seeing and talking to a loved one over video chat! I video chatted Cory a couple times and regularly chatted with my blogging besties. Although my blogging friends aren’t from my hometown, chatting with them instantly makes me feel better! If you plan on video chatting with someone outside your current time zone, make sure you plan to chat according because you don’t want to try to call someone and they are already in bed!
3. Keep yourself busy
Keeping my body and mind busy is something that I always tried to do when I had down time. I know that the second I have a free minute to think about what I am possibly missing at home, I get sad and have trouble shaking it. During my down time over the past couple months, I spent a great deal working on my blog. There is always something that can be done in this little corner, so it definitely kept me busy!
4. Get out and make new friends
When you know people in your new town, the transition and time away from home makes it so much easier! Having connections in your new town will also help with keeping busy and could possibly lead to meeting their friends which is always awesome. I was super lucky to have a wonderful roommate and we got along perfectly! After work, we hung out together and played with her adorable Boston Terrier puppy and she even let me tag along to her friend’s cookouts.
5. Understand that home life doesn’t stop
This one is one of my biggest issues that I still have to work on every day. Whenever I am away from home, I always get super upset because I couldn’t be included in certain activities, like when Cory (my boyfriend) hangs out with friends and I couldn’t be there. I know that if I were home, they would definitely include me in their adventures (I hope…). No matter how sad you get, it is extremely unfair and unreasonable to expect that life will stop when you aren’t there. I always want my loved ones to be happy and do things they love even if I can’t be there to participate.
6. Explore and try new things
Take advantage of the fact that you get to experience a new place! You may not get the opportunity to travel to that city for a while, so make the most of it. I have family friends that moved to Chicago several years ago, so since where I lived in Indiana was 4 hours closer to Chicago, I took the opportunity to visit them twice. It was my first time visiting the city, which made the trip all the more exciting. Do your research to look into what your city is known for and visit that place! Trying local dishes is also something that is a top priority for me.
I really hope that you indeed decide to take some time in order to live away from home at some point in your life. If you do, utilize these tips because I can assure you that they will help! Let me know if you have any other tips on how to handle living away from home, because I am sure there are more tips that could help others!