Healing in the Home

by Judy Anne Capiral

There comes a time in the semester when many of you may feel drained, or just exhausted– mentally, physically, and/or emotionally. The classes you take, may feel like they’re taking a lot out of you, to the extent of checking and re-checking your syllabi for how many absences you’re allotted (I know I’ve been there). Or maybe – if you’re like me and most of your close friends live hours away– you tend to feel lonely.

All of these elements may lead to difficulties of being able to get out of bed, and being tired all the time. While there are ways to cope with this at school, going home for a weekend (or maybe even a day) might be all you need to recharge. 

In my experience, I found that returning home reminded me of who I am and rejuvenated me enough to get back into school to continue on. It began simply with waking up in my own bed. Let’s face it: dorm beds are not, nor will they ever be– comfortable. Waking up on my own mattress to the delight of my bedroom in my house is probably the most comforting thing I’ve ever experienced. Whether you’re waking up to a peaceful, empty house or to your parents making coffee in the kitchen, it definitely beats waking up in a residence hall bustling with college students getting ready for class. 

As far as how I emotionally recharged from being home, it had everything to do with my friends and family. I loved being able to sit and have breakfast with my mother. It’s these little acts that reminded me of how valuable our time is together, and how much I missed her when I was away. And the same went for my friends. A night drive to nowhere – with either our music blasting, deep talks about the universe or getting coffee and sharing stories from our time apart ultimately strengthened our friendship.

Then there’s the bus ride back to reality. For me, it’s a four hour road trip back to school. And in those moments, wistfully looking out the window or curled up on an uncomfortable bus seat, I would think about how much I needed to be home and recharge. Because in doing so, it reminded me to find that comfort and stability while away at school. No matter how lonely I felt, I always had a support system of the best people back home. 

This was certainly all I needed to recharge, but I recognize that everyone’s home situation is not the same. If you find comfort in the familiar, like me, then maybe it’s worth bringing something with you from home. Whether it be a refrigerator magnet that won’t be missed, or a photograph of your family or closest friends, having something to remind you of home may just make your semester here more bearable in reminding you of who you are and where you came from; no matter where you are. 


A version of this originally appeared in “Healing” The Teller December 2019 Issue #9

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