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New in Town: Homesickness for Introverts and Extroverts

See the effects of homesickness on both introverts and extroverts and discover practical strategies for coping with and overcoming these emotions.

In this post, we will talk about homesickness in introverts and extroverts. First, we need to know if you are lonely and perhaps it means you are feeling homesick. Take this QUIZ to help identify your situation and strategies for overcoming it.

But, we know that Homesickness is not the same for everyone!

We are going to discuss how this is going to affect two extreme personality qualities i.e. Introverts and extroverts and how to deal with the same is discussed below.

A person looking arriving in a new city with luggage - 21st century skill is to be able to quickly adapt but does not mean missing home is something to be looked over - Image by Ross Sneddon
21st century skill is to be able to quickly adapt but does not mean missing home is something to be looked over - Image by Ross Sneddon

Dealing homesickness in Introverts

Individuals who identify as introverts prefer to concentrate on their inner ideas and thoughts rather than on outside happenings. Rather than being in big groups or crowds, they prefer to spend quality time with only one or two people.

Introverts have a common nature in behaviour but when they face homesickness how do they feel and how do these emotions manifest in them?

1. Emotional Withdrawal: Introverts at first don't portray their emotions even in normal conditions with strangers when it comes to feeling homesick then they withdraw their emotions, even more, to find peace in their thoughts and reflection and they even act like strangers and quiet suspicious

2. Longing for Comfort: They always find their comfort spots or activities that they would do in their home, they will practice the same pattern and search for the same.

3. Difficulty Adapting: Introverts always find difficulty in adapting even to a small change in their homely environment like a new guest arrival, a change in their sleeping place and a change in food then if they feel a change in their comfort zone they find very hard to adapt to it.

4. Social Challenges: they often experience social challenges that are mingling with people in a new environment and often involving in a gathering or dinner because this feeling makes them double the emotional sickness hence these introverts often face these involvement challenges as they find it difficult at first due to their inbuilt charecter and then this emotional imbalance so they face these challenges in their daily routine.

Overcoming homesickness, especially for introverts, can be a challenge but several strategies can help:

  • Give Yourself Permission to Feel Homesick

The first step in achieving emotional equilibrium and realizing your needs while adjusting is to accept and acknowledge your homesickness.

  • Remain Active

Exercising releases endorphins, which may improve mood and lower stress levels, and help to promote general well-being in addition to providing a diversion from homesickness.

  • Bring Home Comforts

Making a room that feels like home or surrounding oneself with things that one is accustomed to might provide one with a sense of security and lessen the emotional difficulties that come with being in a new place.

  • Keep in Touch with Home

Having regular contact with family and friends may act as a crucial support system for introverts, providing them with the comfort and closeness they need to manage the emotional separation from their comfortable surroundings.

  • Steer Clear of Isolation

Although introverts may instinctively gravitate toward solitude, it's important to consciously steer clear of isolation when experiencing homesickness. Maintaining emotional well-being involves finding a balance between social engagements and personal time.

  • Develop New Connections

Even on a lesser level, forming relationships with others may provide introverts with a feeling of community in their new setting and a support system that isn't normally available to them.

  • Take a Volunteer Day

Volunteering provides introverts with a sense of direction and a meaningful method to engage with their new community, which helps them feel less alone and more like part of the group.

  • Accept Your Introversion

It's critical to acknowledge and accept one's introverted traits. Navigating social obstacles while adhering to personal boundaries and preferences is beneficial for introverts.

Remind yourself that it's acceptable to go slowly and to treat yourself well as you go.

Dealing Homesickness in Extroverts

The main qualities to know whether you are an extrovert:

  • Connect with Loved Ones

extroverts love to talk and hang out more during your homesickness time try to connect with the loved ones as you feel comfortable with them so have a connection regularly.

  • Build a Support System

try to hang out as much as possible with your new friends because it is not a tough task for you you make friends as you breathe so this is not a big deal for you, so try to build your new friend zone as your support system.

  • Create a Home Away from Home

Organise the place you work or sleep or relax exactly like your home so that you don't miss your home too much so organise it in a good manner.

  • Explore the Local Culture

This part of the work Will always be done by anyone who is extrovert this helps to adapt yourself to the local air and develop a bond with the people so when you encounter the same you don't feel strange.

  • Establish Routines

Go for a walk, do gym or jog have a gym buddy along with you so that you do not feel lonely the buddy you have will help you to maintain the routine and have cherished routine memories always.

  • Stay Active

There is a good hormone surge in the body and blood if you are active and attentive so that helps to lower depression hormone levels and helps in combating the depression caused due to homesickness, staying active always helps to suppress cortisol levels.

  • Express Your Feelings

There is no need for training for this you are well versed in this but if you are the kind of person who opens up completely only in front of a certain group then find that group, problem solved.

PROJECT C Foundation understands that being far from home has it's social consequences. Join us at our AWAY FROM HOME project and meet others who studies abroad and looking for community.

Written by Darshan R

Edited by Virginia Helzainka


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