This is it. You’re embarking on a new adventure abroad. You were the picture of excitement for all of two seconds until reality set in. Then homesickness set in and ate all of your enthusiasm away. The psychological impact of being uprooted on expatriation can be draining.
1. Create your nest
At our most basic level, we are naturally creatures of habit. We want familiar things and we want our nest where we can feel safe and secure. It can be exciting to discover new things, but it can pall after a while. Establish your routine. Make for yourself a home that you feel comfortable in. Bring in your favorite blanket, spray your favorite perfume. Duplicate things from your bedroom back home.
2. Establish a support group
One of the best ways to settle in is to build a new network of friends. Locate any compatriots who can show you around, make new friends who share the same interests. It’s just like in a corporate setting. The reason you want to stay in a company (in your case a country), regardless of circumstances, is because of the friends you have made there. Friends make a new environment not just bearable, but enjoyable.
3. Embrace the culture
Before you even hop on a flight for your new job overseas, research on the local customs of your destination. It’s easy to get alienated if you commit faux pas after faux pas. Educate yourself on what is considered good manners by the populace. Celebrate the fact that you’re in a position to discover a whole new world. What’s more, you can get to do a deep-delve into what makes that nation tick.
4. Appreciate the food
You can never get to love a place if you don’t at the very least like the food that they offer. If you think about it, the different kinds of food that some people consider a precious delicacy can be a taboo item in another culture. Look at sashimi (raw fish), cheese (curdled milk of an animal), rice (bland seeds from a grass), and rare steak (lightly grilled bloody carcass). What’s pleasing to the palate of one person can absolutely deter another. Appreciating the food is all a matter of perspective. You won’t benefit if you don’t adjust.
5. Look forward, not back
If all you do is reminisce about how it is back home, you can never move forward. Make plans about your future where you’re at. Or make plans about making this a stepping stone to bigger and greater things. As a migrant worker, it is up to you to make yourself feel at home in a new country.
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