The 6-month expat slump
The process of moving abroad is exciting: from finding a new home to exploring the local town when you first arrive. And despite enjoying your move and throwing yourself into the adventure, the dreaded ‘6-month slump’ often comes out of nowhere, taking many by surprise. So, what is the expat 6-month slump?
6 months is known as the ‘make or break’ time for budding relationships – and the rule applies to moving abroad too. During these 6 months, the expat will decide whether or not they want to pursue life abroad. And often when reaching the 6 month mark into their new life abroad, they will experience a lack of enthusiasm and energy. We understand that this slump in energy can lead many to cut their expat journey short. So we’re here to take a closer look at how to overcome to expat 6-month slump, ensuring that you have the best possible experience abroad.
Make the effort to speak to people
International relocation is an emotional journey that can involve highs and lows as you re-adjust to a new work and social environment. Whether you seek specialist advice, speak to a friend or family member, or head to the local expat community group to get support from fellow expats, it’s important to talk about your feelings. Knowing that there are people that may have been through the same experiences can be a great source of support and advice. Infact talking to other expats can help guide you through the expat slump, often helping you see that this is a temporary stage in the moving journey that almost every expat goes through.
Always think of the positives
Regardless of your experience as an expat, keep the positives of the move at the forefront of your mind. If you’re feeling low, remind yourself of the reasons why you chose to move abroad: whether you were seeking a better lifestyle or wanted to experience a different culture while you had the chance. Plus, think of all the great stories you’ll have to tell your friends and family when you visit them back at home!
Remember: you’re not alone
It’s important to know that you’re not alone. The process of moving abroad is an exciting and busy. And for many expats, when the move’s over and you start to settle into everyday life, it can feel like you have nothing left to look forward to. You go from a rush of adrenaline and excitement to everyday life, and it’s normal to feel sad when that wears off and normalcy sets in. This is a common experience that the majority of expats experience. If you’re experience this slump remember that moving abroad presents plenty of opportunities, from developing your career, to stepping outside of your comfort zone as you explore a new country.
Do something fun!
If you find yourself stuck in a rut, do something fun! Whether or not you have had the chance to fully explore your new surroundings, head outside and partake in all of the activities you can. Not only will this allow you to learn more about the area, but it is a great way to meet new friends. To beat the crowds, get up extra early to experience your new town or city in all its glory, or head to the park for some ‘you’ time.
Moving abroad can be one of the most exciting times of your life, which is why it’s important to live in the moment and grab every opportunity with both hands. Whether you are moving locally, to a new city or to a new country, we make it easy. Get in touch with a member of our expert team on 020 8961 4141, today.