Friday, 25 April 2014

Ten Top Tips for Homesick Expats

Living life as an expat is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Starting afresh somewhere new can be exciting, indulging your sense of adventure. However, being away from your family and friends can sometimes be a challenge, and adapting to everyday life somewhere completely different can be a culture shock for many.  Homesickness is something a lot of expats experience. The feeling can last anywhere from just a few hours to a few months - but don’t worry, both are completely normal. The trick is to stay positive and try and ‘pick yourself up’, so here are our top 10 things to do when you’re hit by the expat blues.

Get yourself into the kitchen
Cooking is an easy way to clear your mind and focus on happier things…food! Why not whip up a favourite meal that reminds you of home? Or you could experiment with traditional recipes from your new country, and embrace being an expat.

Call home
With all the technologies of today, keeping in contact with family or friends when you’re living far away is so much easier. It only takes a few minutes to set up a simple video call.

Give yourself an adrenalin rush
We all know doing something that gives you a natural high will keep a smile on your face all day. So why not give skydiving a go and tick one more thing off your bucket list?


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Embrace your inner tourist
Whether you’ve been living as an expat for one week or one year getting out and about is a great way to cheer yourself up. There’s bound to be at least one attraction you been hoping to visit but never got around to seeing.

Exercise
We all know by now that exercising releases endorphins… and endorphins make you happy. Going for a walk or run around your new neighbourhood, or even getting a little lost, is a great way to explore as well as reaping the benefits of physical activity. You could also look at what sports are available locally; perhaps golf, or tennis or joining a local team.  

Start a blog
Blogging is a great way to share your feelings and could help somebody else thinking about becoming an expat. You could even be one of our guest bloggers!

Help out:
No matter which country you’re living in you can always lend someone a helping hand, whether it’s just a friend or a local charity. Nothing will help to cheer you up more than doing something selfless.

Pamper yourself
Take the rest of the day to relax and enjoy a nice hot bath – or treat yourself to a film or TV box-set!

Listen to the radio
Most radio stations can be accessed via the internet these days, so tune into your local channel from home. If you close your eyes it’ll be like you never left!

Talk to someone
Usually homesickness occurs when you’re having a bad day, so it can be really helpful to chat to a fellow expat – remember, you’re not the only one!   

If you’ve made the move abroad, we want to hear from you! The 2014 Expat Explorer survey is now open! Take 15 minutes to help fellow expats by letting us know your views on life abroad and spread the word to expat family and friends by sharing the link here and using the hashtag #EESurvey14.

3 comments:

  1. This really resonated with me - see my latest post on my own blog - www.followyoursunshine.blogspot.co.uk. I would love to be a guest blogger for you if you're interested. I think the Middle East is under-represented at the moment!

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  2. Hi Polly, thanks for your message! We're always looking for new guest bloggers so please do drop us an email and we'll be in touch - HSBCExpatExplorer@hkstrategies.com. Thanks!

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  3. I'm sorry if this is a double-up, I tried to comment earlier but the text looked like it disappeared...I just said this blog is super cool - I was an expat child turned into an expat adult, I'm sure that makes sense to some people. The first time I was technically an expat was in New Zealand more than ten years ago - I sky dived 10 times over a period, what an exhilarating wild way to cure homesickness!

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