Moving away to a new apartment can be quite a big change, imagine what moving to a new country must be like. It’s no easy feat that’s for sure. This is why we must take a moment to salute those of you who are about to go through with the journey. To help you out, here are five things to help you cope with a new life.
Eyes On The Prize
It is common for people to forget the reasons behind them leaving their home country, and this loss of purpose often affects them greatly. That’s why whenever you feel like you need a boost of motivation to help you cope with the drastic changes, sit yourself down and make up a list of reasons for your move.
Even better, make up the list even before traveling. This will keep your eyes on what you’re hoping to achieve, whether it is getting a degree, or increasing your quality of life or developing an independent identity, the reasons are up to you. One thing to keep in mind though is making sure the reasons are worth uprooting your life.
Finding A Job
All of us have a need to lead a fulfilling life and one way to do so is through work, but unfortunately, this aspect of a person’s identity often suffers for a stretch during the move from one country to another. To avoid that, you can try to search for jobs even before you leave your country.
Luckily, the internet has made it so much easier to connect with employers overseas, all you need to do is search for your destination’s leading job-hunting websites and you’ll be set. In doing so, you’ll instantly be cutting down on your idle time alone and immersing yourself in a work environment and providing challenges for yourself instead of needlessly struggling when you first start your new life.
Don’t Leave It All Behind
We all know the number of people who say that every end is a new beginning, but we urge you not to think of moving abroad in this way. Instead of rushing to forget the past and leave every reminder of your old life behind, think of moving away as the next chapter of your story. If you leave everything behind, there’s no wonder you’ll feel an overwhelming nostalgia. So, why try to forget your own identity when there are easy ways to carry a piece of home with you?
With a simple visit to one website, you can arrange shipping whatever it is you want from your home to anywhere around the world. Whether it is your beloved car, books, souvenirs, or even a favorite piece of furniture with a special significance, don’t overlook the importance of taking it with you. Such a reminder is much more powerful than you think.
Grow Seeds Of A Bountiful Social Life
If you’ve had a lot of friends back home and have been used to an active social life, shifting to the lull that comes with knowing no one may be a bit challenging. For this particular reason, we recommend you join online expat groups before you arrive, maybe set up a hangout soon after or try to connect with people via other platforms like friend/date-finding apps when you get there.
There’s no shame in using either option, the fact that they’re for “losers” is only a misconception. And, if you’re feeling a little nervous about taking the leap, don’t. People on online expat groups are always friendly and extremely helpful. Not to mention, they’d probably be psyched to meet someone from the same country as they are.
Keep In Touch
Again, just because you’ve left your home country, doesn’t mean you lose contact with your friends and loved ones. One thing you should know about human connections is that they go beyond geographic barriers. Not only that, but you also don’t know what might happen later in life, friends move and people travel all the time.
So, as difficult as it is to maintain long-distance connections, don’t give up on them. Schedule regular daily/weekly calls and don’t let go of the friendships you’ve formed back home. As we’ve said before, it’s not a new beginning, it’s a new chapter.
Stick to those five things and we promise that coping with such a massive life change will be quite the manageable task. Don’t forget that everything you do is guaranteed to shape your identity as a human. So, if you ever get overwhelmed, remember what you’ll gain as a human if you power through the hard times. After all, they’re bound to end someday. If it helps, visualize the tough situations as a workout for the mind. Muscles do get sore, but that’s the only way they grow.
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