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Topic: How to deal with long lasting home sickness?

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  1. WheresTheMarmite
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    16 January 2020

    I’m new to this site and this is my first post so I really hope I’m posting this in the right place.

    I moved over seas about nine years ago after a huge natural disaster. I felt fine about moving at first since I’d be free from what happened, but now after a few years I’ve started feeling really upset about it and I don’t know if it’s normal to feel sad about it nearly every day or two.

    I probably cant ever go back to that country due to passport issues and financial reasons and I just feel hopeless so I’m giving up on the idea because I’ve been told it’s childish and that I need to get over it. I just don’t know how to stop feeling so upset about it when I’ve been feeling like this for years.

    could someone please offer some advice?

  2. Summer Rose
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    17 January 2020 in reply to WheresTheMarmite

    Hi WheresTheMarmite

    Welcome to the bb forum and thank you for sharing your story.

    I can understand how you feel, as I have experienced intense homesickness myself. I came to Australia some 30 years ago to marry the love of my life, yet despite the happiness, I still had some real difficulties at times. Particularly when mothering young children.

    It's never easy to leave your home country, even if it was for a very good reason. And home sickness is gut-wrenching stuff. I am so sorry that you now find yourself struggling with this issue.

    What helped me to get through was to decide that I couldn't live my life waking up everyday wishing I was somewhere else. And since there was no way to move home, I decided to make it work. It was either that, or be miserable. Life is too short to waste time.

    I had to live my best life, which meant focussing on what I had and learning not to worry about what I didn't have.

    It's easier said than done, but it can be done.

    Kind thoughts to you

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