Things are about to get crazy around here! Well actually, they already have. Yeesh. Work has gotten nuts…just before I’m about to leave, of course!
Anyways, I had one of my last appointments (one more left) with my counselor before I move and we were talking about my anxiety of moving away, living alone, and being away from all things familiar to me. I explained how I was feeling a bit anxious about going through the whole “I’m new to town, know no one and feel lonely/depressed,” and believe me, it was no fun. Last year when I had this problem I found an awesome remedy: adopting a wonderful and energetic cat to come home to everyday. She is there at the door the second I come home from work and it always helps lift my spirits.
Sadly, for this new job I won’t be able to take Honey with me. She will be staying with my brother like when I was in Hawaii and although I’ll visit her as often as I can, it’s not the same. With her absence, we were trying to figure out what I could take with me that would help reduce that loneliness when the feelings do arrive. I have already printed a ton of pictures of me and Whit, my family, beautiful scenery, etc. and have them ready to be in frames or collages, but I feel like it’s not enough.
So I’m trying to figure out what makes me feel like I’m home; something I can have on my nightstand and travel easily that will make me feel better when I’m feeling down.
What helps you feel at home when you’re away and traveling? How do you stay connected to your loved ones and friends when you’re away for a long time?