The process of moving abroad can be exciting, from finding a new home to exploring the local town when you first arrive
12 June 2019| Last updated on 19 January 2020
Even though moving abroad is largely a happy time for all, the dreaded ‘6-month slump’ often comes out of nowhere, taking many by surprise. So, what is the expat 6-month slump?
6 months is known as the ‘make or break’ time for budding relationships – and the rule applies to moving abroad too. Within these 6 months, the individual will decide whether or not they want to pursue life abroad and, during this time, it is likely that they will experience a lack of enthusiasm and energy.
Here, we’re taking a closer look at how to overcome to expat 6-month slump to help ensure that you have the best possible experience as an expat, regardless of where you move to.
Make the effort to speak to people
International relocation is an emotional change journey that can often involve highs and lows as you re-adjust to a new work and social environment. Whether you seek specialist advice, speak to a friend or family member or head to the local expat community group to get support from fellow expats, knowing that there are people there that may have been through the same themselves, and hence be willing to listen and guide you through what they did to overcome the slump will help you see that this is hopefully a temporary stage, that almost everyone goes through to a greater or lesser extent.
Always think of the positives
Regardless of your experience as an expat, keep the positives of the move at the forefront of your mind. If you’re feeling low, remind yourself of the reasons why you chose to move abroad, whether that is because you were seeking a better lifestyle or wanted to experience a different culture while you had the chance. Plus, think of all the great stories you’ll have to tell your friends and family when you visit them back at home!
Remember: you’re not alone
If you choose to not speak out, know that you’re not alone. The process of moving abroad is an exciting time for many, so when the move actually takes place and you start to settle into everyday life, it can feel like you have nothing left to look forward to; but you do. Moving abroad presents plenty of opportunities, from developing your career, to stepping outside of your comfort zone as you explore a new country.
Do something fun!
If you find yourself stuck in a rut, do something fun! Whether or not you have had the chance to fully explore your new surroundings, head outside and partake in all of the tourist activities you can.
Not only will this allow you to learn more about the area, but it is a great way to meet new friends. To beat the crowds, get up extra early to experience your new town or city in all its glory, or head to the park for some ‘you’ time.
Moving abroad can be one of the most exciting times of your life, which is why it is important to live in the moment and grab every opportunity with both hands.
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