Studying abroad can be full of adventure, but students can become so busy with their classes, social life, and weekend travels, that they quickly wear themselves out. Remember to take a break and practice some self-care for your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
After the initial excitement of being abroad wears off, you may have feelings of homesickness, disconnection, or loneliness. Take some "time off" from being a study abroad student and do things that would normally bring you joy back home like binging Netflix.
Consider establishing a routine. A routine gives you structure that can help you through your time abroad For example, if you exercised or practiced meditation regularly at home, try incorporating this into your routine abroad.
Communicating with family and friends at home is important, however having too much contact can actually be counterproductive. Share your experience while abroad, but don’t forget to be present in the moment. Set up a schedule to talk with loved ones back home. It’s important to learn about your new city and make connections with others in your program. Try not to think about what you’re missing out on at home. It will still be there when you get back!
For more tips about self-care, check out IES Abroad's How to Practice Self-Care While Studying Abroad