I’ve never been a very affectionate person, but one thing I love to love is my family. Moving away from PR and leaving them behind behind has proven to be a lot tougher than I’d thought. However, with the right attitude and support system I’ve been able to cope. I know I’m not the only person that has gone through this, and I won’t be the last, but with time I’ve learned some tricks that help me adjust and still communicate with them on a daily basis. I know how hard it can be for some so I compiled a couple of tips that help me, and hopefully they can help you.
A simple call – Me and my parents are very close, especially my mom. What we do every day (except weekends) is just hoping for a call. We always schedule the calls around out commutes to make it easier on all of us. It’s a good way to stay in the loop with everything that’s happening in our lives. Makes me feel like I never left.
Family group chat – I know some people find these annoying (I sometimes have to mute the chat for hours) but if you pick the right family members it can be fun! This way we exchange pictures, stories and updates.
Create your own little family – I don’t mean procreate – more like building a family out of friends. Whenever I’m down, these are people I can depend on like I did with my family. We also have cots and all depend on each other for a lot.
Find a hobby family – For me, it’s my gym. We’re a close group and see each other weekly. The relationships you form there help you get used to your new surroundings.
At the end of the day, it’s all about how much effort you put into cultivating these relationships. It’s hard, but not impossible. Be open with your struggles with the right people and make sure to let them know that they can do the same.
Do some of you struggle with this?