I have not seen or heard of anyone talk about how the closing of international borders have worsened their homesickness. This is something that I have been struggling with this second time around in lockdown.
Outside of the fact that I am also struggling to find any kind of motivation on a daily basis.
All this geared up into one big emotional mess. Which left me even more tired. This led me into a wonderfully vicious cycle.
Homesickness and closed borders
The Emotions that I was experiencing was, to be completely honest, was not what I would normally feel.
This was different. I felt like a little kid whose toy was taken away because they did not play with it anymore. You want it because it was no longer there.
I want to go home now because I can’t possibly get home.
My choice has been taken away as well as escape route was gone not to mention my choices were gone.
I did not realise how much of a security blanket it was, just knowing that I was able to leave whenever I wanted or needed to.
So, what is it that I could do to dig my way out?
I started with all the tricks:
I called home via Skype, went on three walks a day (the dog did not enjoy this ), got back into my routines, and started cleaning and decluttering again.
What did help?
All the things I did help to a certain degree, but I still felt alone in my experience.
This is when I went online to a closed group for Expats and posted that” I was homesick because of the borders being closed, was I alone in this?”
I received over 250 comments of support and over 350 likes, hearts, and hugs.
This was an unexpected response. I found so many others out there feeling the same as I was.
This showed me, once again, how important it is to have a support system, even if it is only online.
If you are feeling the same as I did, please find someone, or, as in my case, an online group, to get that support.
Knowing you are not alone, makes all the difference in the world.
You can find me on FACEBOOK for support