8 ways to avoid the expat blues this christmas
If you find yourself in a similar predicament as myself and happen to know a thing or two about the holidays blues due to being an expat then, please read on.
As I've briefly mentioned in past posts, I have chosen to move from my home country Canada to Australia in the recent years. Although I am grateful for the transition and taking in as much as I can of this relatively new culture, it is inevitable for us expats to feel the blues every now and then at various moments throughout the year. But the holidays is a time during which it is almost impossible to not feel some sort of blues. If you happen to be an expat, give me a sign that you're with me on this one!
Below, I have rounded up an easy and short list of things which will aid you in killing these holiday blues and welcome a whole new perspective on living abroad during the festive season.
Here's all you need to do to avoid the blues
- Skype regularly with friends and family members
- Bake/Cook your own traditional recipes
- Immerse yourself in your better half's family for added love and support. Alternatively if flying solo, get on meetups.com to find your new extended family
- Get acquainted with your new culture's traditional practices during the festive season
- Decorate your living space in a way you normally would in your home country
- Listen to your favourite holiday music to bring back that holiday spirit in your life
- Get your exercise on-And this can only mean a brief walk on the beach. It will keep your psyche in check
- Remember the blues are always temporary. Take things week by week or day by day and keep your diary full of interesting activities