Me Time is Vital for an Overseas Worker
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You might think that an overseas worker would have all the time in the world for himself. Spending time devoted to your well-being or your me time is totally different from being all by yourself. Some overseas workers make the mistake of working too much and failing to take care of themselves first.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Guilt Factor</span></h2> <div class="wp-block-image size-medium wp-image-5246"><figure class="alignleft size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="682" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-723031-1024x682.jpg" alt="Me Time is Vital for an Overseas Worker" class="wp-image-9951" title="Me Time is Vital for an Overseas Worker" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-723031-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-723031-300x200.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-723031-768x512.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-723031-1200x800.jpg 1200w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-723031.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>It&#8217;s okay to enjoy that fabulous-tasting pizza alone.</figcaption></figure></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most migrant workers from third-world countries eye </span><a href="https://www.holyokeenterprise.com/local/hispanic-migrants-sacrifice-pay-help-family-abroad" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">improving their economic situation</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> as an impetus to pursue a life abroad. If you&#8217;re an overseas worker, you leave behind your families &#8211; siblings, parents, partners, and most heart-wrenching of all, some of you leave your children behind. It’s a tough choice that you face. Be with your loved ones and face an uncertain future, or leave them for a rosier one. It’s hard to enjoy your first time to dine at a five-star hotel when you don’t know what your family is eating back home. My friend expressly gave her husband permission to dine out and enjoy himself in Cambodia (where he’s an OFW engineer). She told him that it’s okay for him to go out and have fun. She posts #Foodstagram pictures on Facebook and tags him so that he’ll know that they are not missing out. &nbsp;</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Me Time is Good for Your Well-Being</span></h2> <div class="wp-block-image size-medium wp-image-5247"><figure class="alignright size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="678" height="1024" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/love-romantic-bath-candlelight-678x1024.jpg" alt="Me Time is Vital for an Overseas Worker" class="wp-image-9952" title="Me Time is Vital for an Overseas Worker" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/love-romantic-bath-candlelight-678x1024.jpg 678w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/love-romantic-bath-candlelight-199x300.jpg 199w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/love-romantic-bath-candlelight-768x1159.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/love-romantic-bath-candlelight-1018x1536.jpg 1018w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/love-romantic-bath-candlelight-1200x1811.jpg 1200w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/love-romantic-bath-candlelight.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 678px) 100vw, 678px" /><figcaption>An occasional treat for yourself is not a sin against remittance.</figcaption></figure></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Overseas workers are a hardy bunch out of necessity. You have to have a tough enough hide in order to make it alone in an environment not your own. Some people take on a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/05/japanese-woman-dies-overwork-159-hours-overtime" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">lot of overtime</a> to counteract </span><a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/ofw-experience-boredom-homesickness/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">boredom and homesickness</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Some of you might even have a second job to augment what you’ll take home at the end of your contracts. What most overseas workers forget &#8211; especially first-timers &#8211; is that me time is a necessity. Flight attendants remind us at the beginning of each flight to take care of our oxygen masks first before helping others. We can’t help others if we don’t first take care of ourselves. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Enjoy the Journey, Not Just the Destination</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your whole life is a journey, and it’s important to appreciate little things every day. It’s okay to look forward to the day you’ll come back home, with your pockets lined with gold. It’s okay to leave your heart with your family&nbsp;because they’re your life. And it’s also equally important to live in the moment. Living your life with your head planted in the future is to live a very short life. </span></p>