One of the most significant challenges that people living abroad face, especially those living abroad for the first time, is homesickness. Homesickness is essentially an acute form of anxiety or emotional distress that results from feeling disconnected from familiar people and places. Homesickness can arise from a number of different reasons – difficulty adjusting to a new environment, feeling lonely or cut off from your regular support system, confusion or problems understanding a new environment/culture/language, a perceived lack of control over what’s happening around you, culture shock, etc etc etc…
Homesickness is much more than just missing home. It can cause a variety of feelings and side-effects that can impact your daily functioning and that is exactly what happened to me whilst living in Australia. My homesickness was severe causing me to feel depressed, anxious and withdrawn. Out of desperation I tried Reiki and it changed my life, helping me to regain emotional balance and calmness, enabling me to take back control of my life.
Just as homesickness doesn’t have one precise cause, it can also manifest itself in many different ways, emotionally and physically, and the effects will vary from person to person but in general homesickness can leave you feeling upset, distressed, feeling isolated or lonely and it takes time to overcome.
Luckily most people suffering from homesickness do not experience the severe side-effects I did but feeling homesick can cause frequent headaches or more pain or illness than usual, you might find yourself snapping at things that don’t normally bother you, these can all be signs of homesickness.
Reiki can help you to overcome these symptoms by giving you some ‘me time’ allowing you space to deeply relax, calming you and aiding the body to release stress and tensions. A Reiki treatment balances mind, body & soul; it renews and energises bringing the body back into balance.
Once you remove your homesick glasses, you’ll see everything around you in a new, more positive light and Reiki can help you remove those glasses a little bit faster.