It’s been about a month since I arrived at my current place of residence. It’s a completely new town, state, and work situation. And it’s been a little tricky to get to a point where I feel comfortable with where I am. But here are some things I’ve found have helped me feel more at home along the way.
Decorate like you did in the last place you called home. It’ll make the space feel more familiar and comfortable. It doesn’t need to look exactly the same, but add some of the same touches. This is what I have consistently done, and I find that it provides a sense of stability. I know it’s home because I have that same bedding or those same photos and stuffed animals.
Find your routine. This might take a little time, and that’s okay. But try to find a bit of a routine, even if it’s not super exact. Figure out which grocery store you like or where you like to get tacos. Get to know the area, and that way you’ll know where you like to go and when you like to go there.
Find similar hangout spots. Personally, I used to go to Starbucks (as well as other coffee shops) back home. (See? I’m still referring to that place as home…) So I’m doing the same thing here. Whenever I get the chance, I’ll try out a different Starbucks. I just sit and read or work on blog posts or catch up on my emails. It’s not quite so much about what I’m doing but about going to a place that feels to some extent familiar. Maybe you had a restaurant you’d always go to. Try finding the same one or a similar one in your new area. These kinds of places can remind you that this new place isn’t completely different.
Personally, these have been the things I’ve found most helpful. Of course, I also love receiving letters from friends and family or realizing that I can get to a place without using GPS. If you have any additional suggestions for me, feel free to let me know in the comments. What helps you feel at home in a new place?