Living abroad has it perks there’s no doubt about it but we all have those days when you just want to stay in bed all day and cry. Home sickness can be a real betch. Today has been one of those days for me and I’m still trying to figure out the best ways to cope. Here’s how I’ve made it through the day today and like many other homesick days:
- Making a to-do list for today and the week- It’s a great way to actually accomplish something and force myself to not just wallow in self-pity all day. When you’ve got things to do, leave the damn apartment Kara and do something with yaaaa life. Writing this blog post was one of the items on my list so I can proudly say I have accomplished everything I needed to today!
- Exercising & Drinking a hot water with lemon- Do I want to do anything today? Absolutely not and especially not when I’m tired, cranky, sad, PMSing and wanting to be miserable. The inner Tone It Up girl inside of me was telling me that I should do something good for my body so I drank a hot water with lemon and forced myself to do some yoga flow workout video. I’ve been getting into Alo Yoga’s videos on their Youtube channel and so far I’m a fan. It felt good to be active since as I will describe below in #3, I ate a bagel sandwich and another half of a bagel with pineapple schmear 🙂
- Comfort Food- This is not the greatest or suggested way to cope with emotions but I never said I was an expert. I’m a human who likes to eat food and even more when I’m sad and homesick. If I was going to eat breakfast anyways, why not make it a New York style bagel breakfast sandwich to make me feel better about myself? Delicious and not nutritious but extremely pleasing. There’s nothing quite like a egg bagel sandwich made by my mama (hers are the bomb) but Saigon Bagel is a close second.
Alas it is Sunday night so that means I have made it through my day and survived this bout of home sickness. YAY! Little victories y’all. One thing I am going to aim to be better at after today is to set goals and intentions for the week and month. I started doing this a few months ago and as I became busier with work, I have failed to continue this practice. I want to remain positive and remind myself of my purpose for being here in Vietnam so I am going to be better at this. If anyone out there is reading this and has any ideas or ways they deal with their home sickness, please feel free to share! I would love to hear how others deal with that betch who sometimes always seems to find it’s way in. Night Night!!