They say that home is where the heart is. Perhaps that’s why a feeling of loss is so apparent when you are far from the ones you love. Homesickness can be felt while traveling in an unfamiliar country, while at school in another state, and—maybe most intensely—when you can’t be home for the holidays. Whatever makes you feel it, we agree that the ache of homesickness is the worst!
That’s why we’re sharing these five tips for combatting feelings of loneliness and longing for home. Whether you’re an easy 30-minute drive from where you grew up or across the world, these simple steps will help you feel close to home, even if only in your dreams.
1. Scents of nostalgia
Did you know that your sense of smell is the sense most able to recall memory? Try adding things to help you remember happy times of togetherness and love. Did your mom clean with Thieves® or Lemon essential oils? Did your grandma have a special homemade apple pie recipe? Does your backyard smell of pine trees or jasmine flowers? Simply add a few drops of your favorite scent to your diffuser and transport yourself back to the family cabin or days with friends on the beach. Pull out some old photos and take a happy trip down memory lane.
2. Recreate traditions
Are you too far away to travel home for a sibling’s birthday or family-favorite holiday? That’s no reason to sit staring longingly at Instagram while your loved ones celebrate. Grab a coworker, travel companion, or roommate to recreate some of those beloved traditions and celebrate your family from afar! Maybe your birthday has always started with a hike in the mountains followed by Dad’s homemade pancakes; mirror the tradition by locating the nearest trailhead and making a reservation for you and friends at a popular brunch spot. Whatever your traditions are, relive them in the city you currently call home for a bit of familiar comfort on those special days.
Since food can be so comforting, sometimes the hardest part about being away is missing Mom’s homemade cooking. Check out our recipes page and whip up something delicious that you and your family can enjoy, even when you’re on opposite ends of the world.
3. Send your love
Thanks to technology, we can reach out to our families and see their faces in seconds; but nothing feels quite as intentional or heartfelt as sending physical mail. Sit down and write your love and longing to those you can’t see and pick up that scarf you saw in the store window that would look perfect on your sister and send it her way, too.
Send a bit of yourself home by dabbing a drop of your favorite essential oil on the inside of packages. You can even scent them according to the season by adding Orange in the summer, Christmas Spirit™ in the colder months, and Grapefruit in the springtime.
4. Happy and content
No matter what triggers feelings of homesickness, there is little that is more discouraging. Make a list of small, simple things that make you happy and try a couple each day to lift your spirits. There are a handful of essential oils that happy people tend to use, so turn on the bath, plug in your diffuser, or add some of these oils to your wrists to see if their scents help bring about feelings of hope and cheer:
- Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend
- Lemon essential oil
- Grapefruit essential oil
- Melissa essential oil
- Bergamot essential oil
- Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil
5. Take your home state with you
Whether it’s December 25 or the middle of April, sometimes you need to feel like you’re home, even if you can’t be there. We get it. Maybe you’re missing the mountains, your childhood forests, or the desert air. Just because you aren’t physically there doesn’t mean you can’t feel at home any day of the year. Diffuse these essential oil blends and bring the smell of California lemon trees or East Coast forests into your bedroom or workspace:
The Northwest is known for thick and luscious forests nestled right along the coast. Combine these oils to recreate the rich smell of your local woodlands.
- 4 drops Idaho Balsam Fir essential oil
- 2 drops Pine essential oil
- 2 drops Lemongrass essential oil
- 2 drops Stress Away™ essential oil blend
The Midwest creates visions of sitting out on porch steps and campfires with family. Add these oils together to conjure memories of late nights and lots of laughter.
- 5 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil
- 3 drops Nutmeg essential oil
- 2 drops Peace & Calming® essential oil blend
The South is said to have the friendliest people around. Use these citrus smells to fondly remember your wonderful neighbors who always offered you biscuits and sweet tea.
- 5 drops Bergamot essential oil
- 3 drops Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend
- 2 drops Joy™ essential oil blend
The Sunny Coast
If you need the warm sun on your face, look no further than your love for the southern coasts of California or Florida. Turn on your diffuser and add these essential oils to take you back to family vacations and sandy beach days.
- 5 drops Orange essential oil
- 3 drops Stress Away™ essential oil blend
- 2 drops Copaiba or Sacred Sandalwood™ essential oil
The East Coast
The trees and foliage in New England can’t be matched. When you want to close your eyes and think of Massachusetts or Maine, diffuse these oils.
- 4 drops Cedarwood essential oil
- 3 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 2 drops Valor® essential oil blend
We hope these tips will ease the ache of homesickness a little bit and help you create a sense of home right where you are.
Looking for other ways to combat the challenges of life? Check out our blog posts on how to live a balanced life and how to overcome daily hurdles.
What are some things you do to cheer yourself up when you’re homesick? Share your tips in the comments below!
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