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7 Vital Self-Care Tips For Expats That Actually Work

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Moving abroad is an exciting adventure. From the inspiration to the planning to watching it all take shape, it can seem like a dream come true. Expats gain valuable life experience, expand their horizons, and may enjoy a better quality of life. However, moving to another country can be stressful too.

Establishing a healthy self-care routine is uniquely important for expats. Taking care of yourself can balance some of the common stressors.

If you need a little extra support, online therapy is a great option. In addition to that kind of professional guidance, you can care for yourself to help settle in.

Here are 7 ways you can thrive in your new home away from home.

#1: Be Kind To Yourself

Remember that transitions take time and everyone’s process is different.

You might be a social butterfly at home but find it challenging to meet friends while abroad.

Homesickness might creep up on you unexpectedly.

Culture shock can be unsettling when all you want is to settle in.

Try to remind yourself that you’re doing your best, and be kind in your self talk. You don’t have to rush or do things on a certain timeline. It’s ok to miss home, to feel a little alone, or to struggle to fit in.

You’ll get there! You’ve got this!

#2: Keep Strong Connections

When there’s an ocean between you and your loved ones, you can feel disconnected. Luckily, today’s technology means we are all only a few seconds away.

Keep in contact with your friends and family through all means available. You can text often, schedule video calls, or even all jump in a Zoom chat for a group hang out.

When you keep the lines of communication wide open and prioritize your loved ones, you might be surprised how close you feel after all.

Most of the common messaging applications offer the ability to make calls, send voice messages, and video chat. Thanks to these features, you can stay in touch without worrying about charges and costs.

You probably have more to share than ever before!

#3: Embrace Old Routines

A few old routines can be very comforting when everything around you is unfamiliar. It may take a little time to figure out what works, but see what you can do that you’ve always done.

For instance, if you enjoyed a cup of coffee at your local cafe back home, try to find one to visit in your new neighborhood. If you always begin your day with a trip to the gym, recreate that experience.

Bringing a few comforting routines to your new country can establish a feeling of security and continuity. They become cornerstones that you can use as a staircase to new experiences.

#4: Establish Some New Routines Too

While you’re embracing the old, don’t forget the new! Many people benefit from a little immersion and integration into their new culture, so try a few new things.

If you see a popular gathering spot near your house, consider exploring it. You may enjoy embracing a part of the culture that’s new to you, like fika in Sweden or the mid-day nap in Itay.

Country-specific holidays can be a great way to try a new routine. You can find out what people do to celebrate them and get involved.

You can even celebrate by yourself if you haven’t established a social circle yet or aren’t comfortable with the locals. You might feel a little closer to them and a little more at home after you do.

#5: Learn The Language

Most people feel more comfortable when they can communicate with those around them. Although learning a new language can be challenging, it can also be fun.

There are many ways to learn, from online courses to phone apps. Enrolling in a class is often the most beneficial, and you may make some other expat friends while you’re there.

Take your time and remember that learning can be a beneficial experience. You’re not only trying to master your new language, but you’re also enjoying the process. It may give you something positive to focus on.

Many people feel more in control of their lives when they’re moving toward a goal.

#6: Personalize Your Space

You might be far away from the home you’re used to, but you can make your new home feel cozy and inviting. Display any keepsakes you brought on your journey and look for new ones to brighten your house.

Going shopping at second-hand stores or your local mall can be a fun experience too. It may give you a goal, a purpose, and a reason to get out into your surroundings.

You can try to set up attractive and inviting areas to relax. They may help you appreciate your new surroundings more.

It can also be comforting to display things that reflect your personality and style. You might start to feel connected if you personalize your space.

#7: Find Something Else To Care For

Many people find that volunteering improves their mental health. This may be because helping others feels good to many people. The positive effect might also come from having something to care for.

Things like pets and plants are other options to feel good while caring for something. Not only can pets and plants give you something nice to think about, but they can also make your home more cheerful.

Make Yourself A Priority

However you choose to exercise self-care as an expat, you may feel better if you make yourself a priority. When life gets busy, it’s easy to put yourself last. However, those are the times we usually need a little self-love the most.

This post was written by BetterHelp.