This is part of a series on dealing with the expat doldrums. I’m writing this for myself as much as for others since the last few weeks have left me feeling listless. Being an expat is an incredible experience. Here’s another way to keep that feeling going. Photo by tostadophoto.com.
Step Five: Have a good cry!
I’m serious. Have a good cry now and then. I find this one highly effective.
For some reason, holding back tears just seems to make it worse and makes me feel like crying even more. When I first moved here, I tried my hardest to “be strong” and pretend like I was facing down this giant change without batting an eyelash. Eventually I realized that letting it all out once in a while can give you a new perspective, or at least a release that you need to keep moving.
Think about it - you’ve left your friends, your family, your language, your comfort zone. Of course it’s stressful! And if crying’s not your thing, go for a good pillow punching session with some angry screaming. It helps.