You’ve made the decision to immigrate and you’re the envy of all your friends. The moving process will take up a huge amount of your time and once you arrive you will be swept up in the delightful wave of exploring a new culture and settling down. But once that’s all over, and you’ve settled into a routine, you may start to feel a little “what have I done” panic settle in.
This is only natural, after all, you’ve moved your whole life to a new destination. Questions you might find yourself asking can include “will I ever really settle here?” “Have I made a huge mistake?” and other doubts.
To help you process these thoughts and prevent them from taking hold, try and do some of these things to put your thoughts into perspective.
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Talk to other expats
Other expats will all have experienced similar worries. If you’re lucky you might even be able to connect with some expats from your home country. Share your concerns with them. By talking through your worries, you’ll be able to make them more manageable. You’ll also be able to hear how more seasoned expats coped with what you’re going through and how they feel now they have come out the other side.
Set yourself realistic goals
You can’t compare your new life to your old one. You’re only just beginning on this journey, so don’t compare your experiences here with what you had in the past. It will take you a few years before you’re completely settled in your new home and have a wide circle of friends to call your own. So instead of comparing things, try to set yourself small goals that you can achieve easily in order to feel a sense of accomplishment.
Have some down time
The Expat lifestyle can be very busy, as you get used to things and put structures and processes in place. Take some time out to reflect on everything you have already accomplished and give yourself a pat on the back for it. Build some time in to enjoy your new country by taking a walk around your new neighbourhood or sitting in a local park. Downtime is important for you to be able to realistically examine your feelings and gain a sense of perspective.
Change the things that bother you
As an Expat, you don’t have to put up with the status quo. Yes, it’s advisable not to rush into things until you have assessed why they are done in the manner they are, but if you are not happy with decisions at your new work or the neighbourhood where you have ended up, take control and change the things that are standing in the way of your happiness.
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