1.do activities or eat food that reminds you of home;做家里的活动或者吃家里的东西;
2.Maintain contact with people from home;和家乡的人保持联系
3.Make new friends;吃新地方的东西和做活动
4.Try activities and foods that are special to the place you are in。在新的地方交朋友
As a boarding school student，I’ve tried numerous methods to combat homesickness. Among all of these, I believe making new friends in the new environment can best relieve my nostalgia, while doing anything related to the past will only intensify my homesickness.
Firstly, homesickness is an emotion that seldom lasts a long period of time. To me, it only occurs in some specific periods, especially the nights when I have nothing to do. In contrast, on these days when Tm fully occupied, be it academics or entertainment, I do not remember any chances of homesickness. This directly points to the importance of new friends, since they can take you out and let you forget or put down the nostalgia. I go to a school not in my home city. And I clearly remember that last time when I got homesick on Mid-Autumn festival, my friends dragged me out of the dorm. And after we watched a movie, my emotions were all gone. Therefore, because friends always know how can make you feel occupied so that you have no time for homesickness, it is essential for us to establish new relationships when coming to a new place. Friends are always the best cure.
Secondly, in many occasions, homesickness originates from loneliness. Many people who avoid or refuse to enlarge their friend zone when first arriving in a new environment can easily find a contrast between now and past — between loneliness and accompany —and this is also a cause of homesickness. For example, in the first few weeks after I transferred to a new school in a new city, everything was strange to me. Everyone beside me looked like strangers so I tended to put them on my guard and refused to open myself. I ate alone, walked alone and found no one to talk to. This made me feel really nostalgic since I missed my friends around me in the past. After a few months, however, as I gradually opened up myself and trusted the people beside me, I started to have meals on big circle tables and hanged on with friends on weekends. I not only felt less lonely and much happier, in the meantime friends’ accompany but also relieved my homesickness. This shows that opening up to new friendships can yield all kinds of benefits.
Moreover, as for the other options, like maintaining contacts with old friends and doing activities related to home, I recognize their significance but I believe they might deepen my nostalgia in some cases. For example, whenever I called my best friend, we would start to recall our time together and we often got very emotional at last. Similarly, whenever I get to eat hometown food like “xiaolongbao，” I will miss my home a bit even more. Hence， although I think keeping contact with old friends and doing things related to home is important and necessary, I do not believe they are a good way to relieve homesickness.
In conclusion, in combating homesickness, I still prefer making new friends. Because friends are the ones that can offer accompany, making you feel less lonely and more occupied so that you will not have the chance of being nostalgic.