What is homesick
Experiencing a longing for one’s home during a period of absence from it. It is essentially an acute form of anxiety or emotional distress that results from feeling disconnected from familiar people and places.
Some of my readers are asking what do I do to the USA if I feel homesick and how I conquer it. To those people who are just new to the USA and most of them are new US immigrants or a K1 visa holder I know they felt homesick for their 6 months to 1 year in the US. I’m in your shoes before, my 365 days to the USA is lonely and sad. I always feel homesick and keep crying without even a real reason. I feel fragile, everything plays on my nerves, I have no familiar friends, no relatives. I don’t know anything in my new place as in everything is totally different and no idea what’s next to do and not sure how long I can stand in that situation. Until I finally get my green card and go back to the Philippines for vacation. It helps me to stop the pain and when I come back again to the USA. I started blogging that helps me a lot to not feel the homesickness. But before I start to talk about blogging I wrote down the things that I did when I am in a homesick or adjustment period to the US.
Here are some ways to relieve the homesickness and loneliness you feel in the US. And remember your husband and children is a big help to ease your pain.
What Are The Things You Can Do
Here are some things you can do when you feel homesick in the US if you can’t work yet
1. Watch movies while your husband is working
2. Subscribe to Filipino channel like TFC
3. Clean the house or do any household chores
4. Cook food you want to eat from your country
5. Ask your husband to visit some place or explore the city where you live
6. Do an online survey
7. Do blogging
8. Do couponing
9. Do your passion like arts, sewing, baking etc.
10. Join some Facebook group, social interaction helps you stop thinking that you’re lonely
11. Learn the rules of the road to get a driving permit
12. Learn how to drive
This is just a short list of things you can do when you feel homesick in the US; you can do a lot of things aside from that. And if you have kids I’m sure your focus will be just to them but if you have no kids you have a lot of time to do everything you want to do while your husband is working.
My Homesick Relievers
When I was new to the US, my husband subscribes to TFC because he knows that it helps me to relieve my homesick although we have a daughter with me, sometimes she wanted to play on her own. If she doesn’t want mommy I take advantage of the time to do what I want to do like doing an online survey and blogging. Before I discovered blogging I started doing online survey. In the online survey, you can earn a little while at home but expect that you need to answer a long survey question before you earn a penny. I can say online survey is not the job that you expected, this is just a pastime that can help you to forget the homesickness but I can say that online survey can give you extra money after finishing the task and can give you happiness and achievement feelings because you did finish it and earned a little at the same time.
But after a couple of months doing a survey, I felt tired of doing it so I decided to search home based job online but everything requires time and need to communicate well in English. I am not good at English so I keep on looking until I stumbled on a company offering a free online course who teaches blogging. This company is called Wealthy Affiliate. They teach people how to blog and how to be an affiliate marketer. They offer a free membership so I tried to click on their website. It’s true that you can use a free membership and can learn to blog with a free website and if you decide to be a successful online entrepreneur and want to continue the course until the end you can upgrade to premium. But going premium is optional, you can stay as a free member as long as you want.
How I Started Blogging
After I created an account with this company as a free member, I took their 1 free lesson as free membership and I created a free website under their web hosting name. I enjoyed everything even if I am just a free member, I’ve learned how to create a website in just 1 minute and most especially I’ve learned how to create a blog. But to be honest if you are a free membership your lesson is just until how to create a quality content blog, the monetization of your blog and website is not included to the free membership. If you just want to blog and OK without earning to your blog you are OK to free membership but if you want to monetize your website and learn how to promote other company products like products of Amazon and eBay you need to upgrade to premium. But as I told you it is up to you to upgrade or not and you can be a free member as long as you want.
Why Did I Choose Blogging
I choose to blog because I can share my ideas, advice and can educate people through my blog. Through blogging, I can express what I want to say, what I want to tell to other people and through my blog the whole world can read it, I wrote my blog one time only but people from all over the world can read it repeatedly. My blog can also give me a lucrative income at the right time. It may not give income at this moment but as time goes by and as long as you can keep creating quality content it will surely give you income when the right time has come. Aside from that reason blogging gives me happiness, especially if I know that through my blog I can help other people. It is also my pastime, ever since I started blogging I never felt homesick again. My husband is a big help to me because he is supporting me to this kind of pastime, it’s time-consuming at first and need to spend money and effort on it but he never complains about it, he is happy when I am happy as long as I still can taking care of our daughter. This is the best thing about blogging or online business, you still can have more time for your family. You just need to manage your time like do blog when your daughter is sleeping or when she is busy playing or when she is in the school. You still can enjoy your passion at the same time can still spend time with your family.
I Want To Start Blogging But I Don’t Know How
If you want to start blogging I am here for you and can teach you how to learn about it, I can share to you the knowledge that I’ve learned about blogging. But the first thing you need to know if you want to learn blogging is your niche or simply called your passion. You have to know what is your passion, what do you want to discuss and what are your topics on your website? For example, your passion is baking or bodybuilder. You have to narrow down that in your website for you to be able to get visitors with the same interest and passion. You need to build your niche website with your passion to sift the visitors, it’s better to have the visitor’s/readers with the same interest than having many kinds of visitors but don’t understand what you are trying to discuss, if your visitors don’t understand your content they might end up to bash you. That is why it’s important to know your niche in your website, with your niche the products you want to promote must be relevant to your niche, let’s say your niche is baking that only means the products you gonna promote are baking utensils, baking ingredients, baking equipment and everything that relevant to baking. It’s because your niche is baking, your visitors and readers are those people who love baking too, and with your blog they might end up buying the products you are promoting and they end up saying thank you to you because they learned a lot from your blog which is a nice feeling if you knew that you can help other people.
If you want to start blogging and learn more about affiliate marketing you can sign up here. If your problem is English don’t worry you can still do blogging in your own language but be aware that if your language to your website is not English it means your limiting your opportunity. Your readers and visitors will only be the people from your country or people who just understand your language but if your blog is in English it means the people all over the world can read and understand your blog. In wealthy affiliate, they have tools checking your grammar plus you have American partner, you can both work as a team when doing a blog, you are the author he is the checker of your grammar, a nice teamwork isn’t it?
If you have any question or wants to share how to conquer your homesickness to the US don’t hesitate to comment down below.
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