People who work and live away from their families normally encounter the battle of homesickness. It’s not easy to be away from your family and friends. You need to sacrifice everything. Homesickness might attack to anyone else without any notice. Being an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) I am not exempted of that feelings. How to deal homesickness?
Regular communication with them can minimize your homesickness. There are several ways to communicate with your family and friends. The latest technology allow us to draw more closer to our loveone’s.
- Mobile Apps
There are a lot of mobile apps that we can used to talk and send SMS for free, namely: wechat, whatsapp, tango, line, viber, didi, kakaotalk, coco, chikka, and many more.
- Social Media
Facebook, twitter and Instagram are most common way of connecting to our families and friends. Most of android and iphones are supported with different social media apps and some you need to install it within a few seconds or a couple of minutes and you can start using it. You don’t need to have a personal computer to use their service.
2. Mingle with colleagues
No other person closest you in the place where you presently living except your colleagues. Why not joining them and have fun. They know your feelings because you are walking in the same path. Although, not all of them might understand you but rest assure that most of them knows what is the feeling while away from your family. Give time to mingle with them. Plan for a picnic or an outside hang out to divert all your loneliness.
3. Love your work
I know it’s not easy to do it especially if you work on the job that is not belong to your field. Unemployment is the main problem in our society and it’s not easy to find one. Because you are already there, give time to yourself to learn and love your work. How? Mind set yourself that you do it for the sake of your family. Learn new things with the company which you think you might enjoy. You can do a cross training in different departments and learn different techniques to make your job more simple and easy.
4. Keep yourself Busy
By keeping yourself busy, you can’t think different things that will lead you to homesickness. If you are off for work, you can visit to different places nearby and enjoy the company of friends. Or you can do shopping with your colleagues. Usually I did everytime I am off from work.