When we were planning our move abroad we didn’t give much thought to bad days.
We were focused on how amazing everything would be in Ecuador. And there has been a lot of amazing!
But we have had our share of bad days as well. Days when we have felt lonely for family and friends back in Canada, stressful days trying to get used to new ways of doing things, and sick days, which are especially hard because of feeling even more isolated.
When you are living abroad and bad days come your way it can make you feel like giving up! But, getting past them makes you feel wonderful, like a calm after a little storm.
I think it’s safe to say that the majority of expats face bad days living abroad. It would be hard not to, because so much is different: the culture, food, climate, and probably the language.
Expats are also on new ground trying to make friends which form their support group. When you don’t feel good and your “old” support group is far away, you have to learn to deal with things in different ways. Often becoming more self reliant.
So don’t feel guilty when you have bad days, you are not alone! Moving abroad is a big deal and sometimes adjusting to it is really difficult.
Getting past the bad days and not giving up has a lot to do with attitude and mindset. Focusing on when things will feel more normal, and when you’ll have a better grasp on the language and culture. It also has to do with remembering the reasons you moved abroad, keeping your motivation clearly in mind.
Talking with other successful expats can help a lot as well.
For more information on bad days and how to deal with them please check out our book, The Happy Expat Family. In the Happy Expat Family we talk about the 8 challenges faced by all expats and how to overcome them.
Are you an expat? Share what helps you deal with your bad days by commenting on this post. Who knows, you just might help someone having one right now 🙂