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Overcoming loneliness after moving abroad

  • January 16, 2013

Overcoming loneliness after moving abroad

One of the hardest parts of moving abroad is overcoming loneliness. You're no longer surrounded by familiar landmarks or comfortable amenities - you're in an entirely new world without your friends and family to support you.

Long distance moving can be stressful, but it can be even more difficult when you have to emotionally adjust to a radically different environment. However, you don't have to be lonely just because you live abroad. Read on for some helpful tips that can help you adjust to your surroundings after your relocation movers are done unloading your possessions.

Call home
Sometimes hearing a friendly voice or seeing a warm smile is the best way to combat loneliness. When you start to feel down or homesick, call your friends and family and talk about how everyone is back home. Most video conferencing programs offer free international calling so you can see and hear your loved ones without facing an exorbitantly high phone bill at the end of the month.

Be careful not to use your loved ones as a crutch. While the occasional call can be beneficial, if you're constantly staying in and dialing home rather than going out and meeting new people, you likely won't overcome your loneliness in the near future.

Find other expatriates
Few people will relate to you as well as other expatriates. Many international movers struggle with feelings of loneliness immediately after they arrive in their new countries, so they understand exactly what issues you're facing and can help you adjust.

Seek out support groups and web communities. Even if you can't personally meet local expatriates, online advice and stories can help you find new strategies for combating your loneliness and enjoying your new home.

Learn the language
The language barrier is the biggest hurdle you'll face when it comes to fitting in abroad. You should always learn the most popular language of your new country before your move to avoid communication issues. Don't expect many residents to learn your native tongue - it's your responsibility to adapt, not theirs.

Embrace the culture
The fastest way to overcome your loneliness is to make friends. You must participate in the local culture if you want to meet new people. Research local events that may interest you - for instance, you could buy tickets to a sporting event that seems intriguing but isn't particularly popular in your old country. 

 

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