Feeling Out Of Place In Your New Space? You’re Not Alone

Updated August 28, 2023

Homesickness and New Beginnings

As summer comes to an end, many people are packing up and moving away from home to start college, begin a new job, or embark on some other adventure. While this can be thrilling, it can also bring on a heavy case of homesickness.

I recently moved off-island after spending 13 wonderful years there. Now being in the city for two months, I’ve been feeling quite stuck and homesick. The island always held a special place in my heart. I formed close friendships, discovered my passion for tropical lifestyle content, and built a strong relationship with my boyfriend there.

Although it’s been difficult, I’m trying to make the most of this new situation. I’ve been reaching out to photographers, interviewing for jobs, exploring the city, and meeting new people. Still, it’s hard not to feel impatient with myself – like I should be doing more even though it’s only been a few weeks.

I often question why I’m not back home. But I’m trusting this is a temporary situation and focusing on the fact that I’m an adult in full control of my life. Even situations that feel difficult are temporary. Great opportunities can arise if I keep an open mindset.

While homesickness is normal, there are some things I can do to cope:

I start a gratitude journal each day, writing down things I appreciate about and focusing on the positives helps lift my spirits

I call and try to have a routine for keeping in touch with my friends back home since Im 6hrs ahead

I focus on beauty, skincare, and jewelry because that is something that makes me feel put together and in surrounded by new shops to explore new favorites

I reflect on my reasons for moving and goals for growth. This experience, however difficult, will lead to self-discovery

I listen to music, I love music it centers me so much. I enjoy finding new songs

I try to create content and work on my website to add new blog posts and share my thoughts with you all

 I decorate my new space with familiar items and make it my safe space. Surrounding myself with a clean aesthetic room helps ease the transition

Wherever you move, keeping parts of home in your heart while branching out with optimism can help overcome homesickness. Trust in the process.