3. Be Strong - Stay connected to your loved ones
It’s normal to feel homesick or alone as an international student. It is a natural part of getting used to a new culture and environment. However, in the wake of the current COVID-19 situation, these emotions are further intensified!
Therefore, at moments when I feel lonely or worried, I try to communicate with my friends and family back home through WhatsApp calls and let them know how I’m feeling. Sometimes, it would be just a 5-minute video call to get a glimpse of their faces.
Staying connected to my loved ones gives me the reassurance that everything will be okay!
Be calm - Take time to meditate
Along with the lockdown, a feeling of uncertainty and panic will sometimes take over.
To stay calm, I often meditate when I am struggling to quiet my mind. For example, it could be something as simple as sitting down at a quiet corner, closing my eyes, taking a few deep breaths, reflect on the 5 things that I am thankful for and journal it.
Through reading and looking back at what I have meditated on, it will help me to divert negative thoughts to something positive – e.g. being grateful.
For official COVID-19 information for international students in New Zealand, see The coronavirus: what you need to know.
Check out some more stories from international students in lockdown in New Zealand and get their tips for staying connected and well.