Whether you are moving schools, towns,
or continents, moving is a big deal. It can be
exciting, but a lot changes and it takes time to feel comfortable with everything you have left
behind. You have just moved to a new
you have lost the old place you moved from.
This can be hard to deal
with. Here are some things can you do to help:
Take action. Get involved in community activist groups. Go to protests. Reach out to politicians. Educate your friends and family. Do something that will make a change. Taking action can help you relieve stress by making you feel like you are actually working towards a positive future.
Acknowledge the loss. Often when we think about
we don’t think about the loss that
happens. We could be losing connections with friends, family, familiar places, our sense of
who we are even. It’s im
portant to acknowledge this and accept this loss.
Be comfortable with your emotions. Even if you are excited to move, you can be caught off
guard by your emotions. This is normal and expected. Emotions might come in waves.
Some days you might feel fine a
nd other days you will miss your old life. This is okay.
Be ready to feel uncomfortable. The biggest part of moving is that everything suddenly feels
unfamiliar. Your life has changed, everything around you is different. You can feel like an
alien in you
r new home. It can be strange and disorientating, but don’t worry, it is a normal
part of the moving process.
Keep the familiar. Stay in contact with friends and family from back home. Keeping familiar
faces in your life will make you feel normal. Gettin
g their support is so important. Let them
know how you are feeling about the move
the highs and the lows.
Know that things can take time. Moving is a long process. It can take years for things to feel
normal again, to feel like you
in your new h
ome, to move on from the loss of your old
life. Don’t get frustrated if things don’t feel normal for a while.
Hang in there
Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!
At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider This book follows a family's journey across the world. And all the while Tsh grapples with the concept of home, as she learns what it means to be lost—yet at home—in the world.
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Fleeing the gloomy British climate, the Durrell clan move to Corfu carrying the bare essentials of life.
Almost There by Bekah DiFelice
Home, by definition, is where you feel comfortable, where you are established, where relationships are worn in and familiar. It is where you are known, a place to belong.
Parvana and her family live in Kabul, which is ruled by the Talibans. After her father gets arrested, she is forced to disguise herself as a boy in order to earn money for her family.
After MJ's parents' divorce, he and his sister Samantha live with their mother, whereas the father has visiting rights. Incidents that occur across a period of twelve years mould MJ's life.
Eilis lands in Brooklyn and soon gets used to the freer life. She falls in love with Tony, who hails from an Italian family. However, a tragedy befalls her back home.
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