Settling into a new country could be an exciting, unforgivable experience, but it could also be a lonely one particularly if you make the move alone with no one to share the journey. Sometimes moving into a new country and adjusting to a new culture could bring the feeling of out of place and loneliness. To prevent, this feeling of sadness, loneliness, to escalate into a much more serious and dangerous condition like depression; There are some tips that could help to overcome loneliness after moving into a new country.
Here are 5 tips On how to overcome loneliness
1 – DO NOT PRESSURISED YOURSELF, DO EVERYTHING IN MODERATION
You need to make it easy on yourself and do things at a pace that would allow you to keep it together. Do not do everything at once, you are not competing or being in a race. Do prioritize the things you have to do. Having a to-do list could be very helpful. Do most of the work for your settlement if you can, regards to house decoration, administration and legal things… but you can delegate whenever needed as well.
2 – PREVENT LONELINESS BY NOT HIDING YOURSELF
You can prevent loneliness in the first place by doing a couple of things. First, do not keep yourself to yourself. Go out there and meet new people. do not assume that you do not matter, that no one is interested in you. Do not wait for people to come to you, go to them when the opportunity presents itself, engage with them by talking about general topics.
But a word of caution, however, do not overdo it.
3 – JOIN A GROUP, A CLASS
Joining a class, a group is one of the best ways to easily settle into a new country, meet new people, therefore make friends. It is a good idea to join a group which bring people together with common interest, this would surely increase the chance to develop significant friendship. There are classes of languages, classes of exercises, group of sports, …
4 – WORK ON POSITIVE THINKING
Positive thinking largely affects health in a good way. So, having positive thinking is crucial when one is settling into a new country, in order not to see evil everywhere. To implement positive thinking, have a good mindset, start using positive words when talking. Always start your day with positive affirmation, have positive self-talk. Importantly surround yourself with positive-minded people.
5 – CONNECT WITH OTHERS EXPATS
It is important to connect with others expats. You can do that in different ways. You can connect other people through blogs, forums, social networks like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, … If you are unable to do that, you can actually create an online group on social media. For inspiration, you can create something around your passion, hobby.