Everybody can smell the love this month. Roses and hearts are everywhere reminding us about this great feeling loving and being loved. Sweet smiles can be seen on people’s faces, but not all. Not everyone really feels the spirit especially to an Overseas Filipino Worker. An OFW may not really appreciate February as to him, this may just be an ordinary month. And at times, it becomes less of an ordinary month because the feeling of sadness is inevitable when being far and away from home
But the distance from being away is now just a phone or tablet away. Thanks to the developments in technology, homesickness is not really that worse anymore. Technology has really changed, from snail mail letters that take weeks to be received, to video calling that let’s everyone see each other, anytime and anywhere. With the latest tech trends families can stay connected 24/7, but still, when loneliness kicks in, even video call may not suffice.
When these happens, tips on coping with loneliness are the best welcome treat, especially to a person who’s really far from home. And here are some that might help:
Get to know the city. Make new friends. Visit popular sites, new attractions, and try local cuisine. Think of it as a long vacation. Understand the country’s culture and history. Feel good about the place and soon enough new friends will find you. Most importantly, feel good about yourself.
Release happy hormones
Feeling good starts with yourself. A simple walk to along the street can release endorphins that will make you feel better. Jog around the block, or join dance classes. The key is to do what you like to feel better. Remember, just because you are alone right now does not mean it will be forever.
Take a break from social media
Social media are a great tool to keep track of what everybody else is doing, but at times, it may actually make you feel worse. Seeing how people are moving on with their lives back home without you may not be best for you at the moment.
Take a break from social media or limit your scrolling time. Instead of looking at what everyone else is doing, go outside and enjoy the scenery. Be a tourist and post pictures of your new environment or join a local sporting league to show it to friends and family – for sure they are dying to know more about you.
Send gifts to your love ones
Because you are living on the other side of the world does not mean you can’t give your loved ones some gifts and have them delivered the soonest time possible. Online shops and apps are just at the palm of your hands. With a few taps on your phone, you easily buy gifts trinkets that are neatly wrapped to surprise your loved ones.
And did you know that you can also purchase flowers online and have them delivered anywhere in the world? Neat right? Just be mindful that you are dealing with legit sellers who won’t just take your hard-earned cash.
For everything else, there’s always MoneyGram. Filipinos abroad can take advantage of its global network of approximately 350,000 locations in 200 countries and territories worldwide while receivers will have the convenience of receiving these from more than 12,000 locations across the Philippines.
Did you also know that you can also send money online or in person to any bank account via cash or credit? Doing money matters has never been this easy. MoneyGram’s network allows people to send and receive cash anytime from anywhere in the world hassle-free.
If all else fails, be on the look out for travel fairs and seat sales to score a flight back home. Scour the internet and other apps for the cheapest and most convenient ticket. Nothing beats the rush of finally being able to touch your loved one. There is no place like home.