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.

The Guilt Factor

Me Time is Vital for an Overseas Worker
It’s okay to enjoy that fabulous-tasting pizza alone.

Most migrant workers from third-world countries eye improving their economic situation as an impetus to pursue a life abroad. If you’re an overseas worker, you leave behind your families – 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.  

Me Time is Good for Your Well-Being

Me Time is Vital for an Overseas Worker
An occasional treat for yourself is not a sin against remittance.

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 lot of overtime to counteract boredom and homesickness. 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 – especially first-timers – 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.

Enjoy the Journey, Not Just the Destination

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 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.