Being at university during the Christmas holiday can be hard so Counselling, Health and Wellbeing have created a series of blog posts to help you get rid of your winter blues and make the festive season a time of fun, relaxation and good memories …
Part 2. Combatting Homesickness
Being at uni over the holidays gives you plenty of opportunities to try something new, but you may still feel homesick every now and then. This is completely normal – many festive activities are family-oriented, which makes being away from your loves ones especially difficult at this time of year. When things get too much for you, try these tips to reduce homesickness.
1. Plan your time
Some people start missing home when they find themselves on their own…so keep busy! Start planning your holiday season early so that it’s easy to keep yourself occupied when others have gone home. Check out the Students’ Union for a list of what’s on during the festive season and consider buying a cheap diary from the IT Shop on the first floor of the Union to keep organised.
2. Keep in touch
If you’re missing home, a Skype call is a great way to connect with your loved ones – but don’t forget that there are other more inventive ways of keeping in touch too! Try watching a film together by organising a time where you’re all available and watching a movie on Skype so you can talk about it while you watch. You could also write an email newsletter to send to your loved ones, telling them about all the exciting things you’ve been doing during the autumn semester.
3. Help others
Helping others at Christmas is a great way to spend your time as it boosts your self-esteem as well as allowing you to give something back to those less fortunate than yourself. The Salvation Army always needs help handing food out to the homeless, or alternatively you could buy a cheap scarf from somewhere like Primark and keep it in your bag to give to someone who needs it. Although it may be too late to get involved this year, bear www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk in mind for next year – it allows you to donate a shoebox full of Christmas gifts to a child who may not otherwise get any presents.
4. Join an online community
It can be easy to think you’re the only person who is feeling alone, but in reality there are many other people feeling the same way as you. Join an online discussion with other people on your favourite forum so that you can be social and share your feelings. The Student Room has threads for people who stay at their university over Christmas, where you can connect with others in the same situation as you and maybe even meet people who are in Cardiff over the festive period.
For any further advice and support please contact the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team.
Sarah & Will, Student Interns
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