5 Surefire Ways to Survive Being Homesick
Being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) surely means being homesick from time to time. I mean, I was once an OFW working in South America for two years, in a country where there was no Filipino community, no Filipino channels, no Filipino reading materials and, worse of all, no Filipino food. This was a time when Viber and Skype did not exist, complicated voice over the internet (of VOIP) was expensive and hard to come by. Today, it’s fairly easy to get connected but still, being homesick will always creep in.
A friend of mine recently sent me a “5 Ways to Cope with Homesickness” and I just had to copy-paste it here. I know, there’s a service being pushed in the “5 ways” but heck! That’s really part of the means an OFW will battle and survive homesickness by sending gifts to their loved ones – all the time.
In any case, I hope these tips help you win!
1. Get out and get “adopted!”
Get to know the city. Make new friends. Visit popular sites, new attractions, and try local cuisine. Think of it as a long vacation. Be intentional in understanding the country’s culture and history. Feel good about the place and soon enough new friends will find you.
2. Release happy hormones
Feeling good starts with yourself. A simple walk on the street can release endorphins that will make you feel better. Jog around the block, or look for studios that offer dance classes. The key is to do what you like to feel better. Remember, just because you are alone right now doesn’t mean it will be forever.
3. Take a break from social media
We get it, reading posts and liking photos on social media are a great tool to keep track of what everybody else is doing, but this may actually make you feel worse. Seeing how people are moving on with their lives without you back home may not be the best for now.
Take a break from social media or limit your scrolling time. Go outside and enjoy the scenery instead of looking at what everyone else is doing. Be a tourist and post pictures of your new environment or join a local sporting league to show it to friends and family – for sure they are dying to know that you are enjoying your time too.
4. Send gifts to your love ones
Online shops and apps are just at the palm of your hands. With a few taps on your phone, you easily buy gifts trinkets that are neatly wrapped to surprise your loved ones.
Did you know that you can also purchase flowers online and have them delivered anywhere in the world? Neat right? Just be mindful that you are dealing with legit sellers who won’t just take your hard-earned cash. For everything else, there’s always MoneyGram. Filipinos abroad can take advantage of MoneyGram’s global network of approximately 350,000 locations in 200 countries and territories worldwide while receivers will have the convenience of receiving these from more than 12,000 locations across the Philippines. Did you know that you can also send money online or in person to any bank account via cash or credit? Doing money matters has never been this easy. MoneyGram’s network allows people to send and receive cash anytime from anywhere in the world hassle-free.
5. Book it!
If all else fails, be on the lookout for travel fairs and seat sales to score a flight back home. Scour the internet and other apps for the cheapest and most convenient ticket. Nothing beats the rush of finally being able to touch your loved one because there is no place like home.
Wait! What’s MoneyGram?
MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, MoneyGram connects consumers any way that is convenient. It also provides bill payment services, issues money orders and processes official checks in select markets. In 2016, MoneyGram received the “Remittance Product of the Year” award from The Asian Banker. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at moneygram.com.
Anything good about MoneyGram?
Here’s one: MoneyGram established the MoneyGram Foundation in 2012 to help children around the world gain access to educational facilities and learning resources. Its mission is firmly rooted in the belief that education is at the heart of better economic opportunities, healthier families and individual freedom and empowerment. The MoneyGram Foundation is focused on inspiring minds and improving lives and grants funds to deserving organizations with this mission in mind. To learn more, please visit moneygramfoundation.org or connect with us on Facebook.
Fine. It’s a press release, of sorts, but it was fun reading it, right?
Source: Press Release from MoneyGram
Photo from Wikimedia.org
Written by Raffy Pekson II
February 21, 2017 at 3:42 am
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