Creating community and mental health awareness for Americans living overseas
Living Abroad 101
The first thing to know about living abroad is that it is not a permanent vacation. A lot of people - and I mean, a lot of people - believe that your life abroad is basically how they imagine their vacation would've ended up if only they had had the chance to never return home. I'm here to assure you that nothing could be further from the reality.
The sad truth, is that living abroad can often resemble life back home but of course, this greatly depends on where you came from and where you go. Obviously, the greater the differences between those two locations - culturally, environmentally, spiritually, geographically, etc. - the greater the adjustment might feel. For some people, this is exactly what they're looking for and what they need. For others, this is exactly the point of contention that needs resolution. In my experience, I've found that how you feel about this difference has a lot to do with where you are in your life and what you're looking for - not to mention, what brought you to a foreign country in the first place. On this page, we'll explore some of the basics for navigating this chapter of your life.
The complete change of environment that comes from living abroad is an ideal time to learn to connect with ourselves a little bit deeper than before. Nothing switches the autopilot off faster than a complete immersion in a foreign country. This is an excellent time to learn what you need and how to take care of yourself.
Take care of your mental health
Mental health awareness is everywhere these days. Unfortunately, the stigma around seeking help remains. We all need someone to talk to - there is no shame in that.