Whether it’s a new job, an admission to a new university, or an onsite project, moving abroad is always an exciting yet nervous experience. There is the frustration of relocating all your stuff and selling the trivials in your home country. But most importantly, there is anxiety about packing all the stuff, finding the right place to stay, financing the stay abroad, meeting with new people, adjusting to the cultural shock, and much more. This article will cover the seven best tips to reduce the stress of moving abroad.
Before you embark on the journey abroad, we all face a big challenge: what to pack and what not to. Trying to decide what to leave behind can cause a lot of anxiety. The best way to deal with this stress is to declutter and take only the essentials with you. First, start with clearing up your closet of the unnecessary stuff. You can sell expensive items like furniture, old washing machines, television, etc., by organizing a yard sale or selling online over eBay or Craigslist.
Second, donate your old clothes or antique pieces to a local charity or a thrift store. A good Karma can pay you long-term in your life abroad. Third, but very important, recycle any items that do not fit into the first two categories. You could even eat away the stuff in your refrigerator for the week before you leave and avoid buying or cooking food. Once decluttered, you can focus on only the essentials to pack.
After decluttering, your next significant source of anxiety will be how to pack the stuff efficiently. First things first, don’t leave packing for the last minute. If required, take a week or a few days off before your move. If you have small children, plan for babysitters and if you feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff to pack, call your friends or colleagues to assist you in packing. You can also go for some Concierge Services to make your relocation as smooth as possible.
Having your friends or relatives assist you in packing will help boost your mood and enhance positive vibes. They might even remind you of accessories to pack which you did not think of. For example, you might be an enthusiastic mountain bike rider and want to continue your adventures abroad.
Plan and Organize:
To ensure that the packing step is less stressful, you should plan the move well in advance. Planning doesn’t have to do only with packing, but it also involves planning your stay in the new country, your daily sustenance, and the monetary aspects of your new job or life in a new country. You should research the nation’s political situation, the availability of employment or opportunities for outsiders in the country, any particular laws, the VISA requirements, the cultural requirements of the country, and so on.
Organize your packing boxes by labeling them with the appropriate room names like “bedroom,” “study room,” etc.
Additionally, pack an easy-to-carry bag or suitcase with a pair of clothing, toiletries, and essentials out of which you can live for a few days as it might take a few days for you to unpack everything in the new place.
One of the anxieties that people have is what if they get lonely in a new city. That is where networking is vital. Before you reach the new place, search on Facebook and Meetup to find out social groups you would be interested in. Join those groups, and you might even get good leads on rental properties, any potential flatmate/roommate, or job openings. The social groups will also help you make new friends in an unknown neighborhood, which will lessen your stress due to loneliness. You will get acquainted with various survival tips like finding the nearby grocery stores etc.
Time Zone difference:
One of the anxiety issues happens when you are in a completely different timezone than your home country. You might feel jetlagged the first few days because of the time difference. Take time off to recover for the first two days. Do not keep any critical appointments at that time. Ideally, schedule important stuff for the third day.
Ensure that you get a working mobile phone connection with an internet data pack when you reach your destination. You should have all the family contacts and other local emergency numbers saved on the speed dial. Having a mobile phone helps you talk to your loved ones anytime you feel anxious or lonely.
Maintain a journal where you write down your thoughts, emotions, and activities each day. Write positive, empowering beliefs to prepare yourself and look at the notes whenever you feel down. Commit to yourself that you will accept new challenges and become a better person. Looking at a positive note will calm you down and instill confidence.
To conclude, the anxiety of moving to a new place is all in mind. If you plan well, inculcate good habits, and make new friends, you can make every country your home.