Keeping Your Spirits High When Living Abroad

Moving abroad is a daring and exciting adventure. After the initial excitement wears off, however, the reality of living in an unfamiliar country can become daunting. Adjusting to a new culture, language, and lifestyle can be incredibly difficult and you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed or homesick.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help keep your spirits high while living abroad.  

Connect with Other Expats

One of the best ways to make yourself feel more comfortable in a foreign country is to connect with other people who are also living abroad. Reach out to local expat groups on social media or join clubs specifically for foreigners such as expat language classes or meet-ups. This will give you the opportunity to build relationships with people who have experienced similar struggles as yourself and it will also allow you to share stories and advice that can help make living abroad easier.

Explore Your Surroundings 

Exploring your new home is one of the most rewarding parts of living abroad. Whether it’s discovering hidden gems in your city or taking weekend trips to discover nearby countries, immersing yourself in your new environment is one of the best ways to combat feelings of homesickness. Plus, it’s an amazing way to gain a better understanding of your adopted culture and make unforgettable memories. 

Make Time For Yourself

It’s important not to forget about yourself when moving abroad; don’t forget to take time for self-care! Make sure you carve out some time each week for activities that bring you joy such as yoga classes, cooking classes, and going for walks around town—whatever helps keep you feeling balanced and energized! Having hobbies or activities that bring about positive emotions can be essential for maintaining mental well-being while living abroad.  

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when moving abroad but remember that adapting takes time! Don’t let the challenging moments discourage you from enjoying all that living abroad has to offer! With patience and self-care, embracing a new culture can be an incredibly rewarding experience full of growth and adventure. You have this unique opportunity that some others only dream about—take advantage of it by keeping your spirits high whenever possible!

If you are looking for a way to go on a new adventure, USA Internships offer several options and we follow you up during all processes. Plus, for more tips, we also have the Inspiration blog full of interesting insights. Don’t forget to read our latest blog ‘Fostering Creativity and Broadening Horizons at University’.

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Marina Fernandes
Marina Fernandes

Master's in Marketing and Strategy | University of Minho

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