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How to mentally prepare yourself before moving abroad

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Are you thinking of moving overseas and are wondering what the best way is to go about it? Moving overseas is a big step to take, and it’s only fair that you’re doing a medium to large amount of freaking out right about now. After all, moving overseas is one of the biggest and most stressful things you’re ever likely to go through.

But hey, once you’ve made the decision to move to a new country and have bought your ticket, you basically can’t do anything much about the fact that you’re going. It doesn’t stop you from getting pretty worked up about things though as you’re making the way to the airport. You might even be wondering “Am I doing the right thing, or have I made a terrible, terrible mistake?” So we have taken the step to look at how to mentally prepare yourself for moving abroad in the hopes that it helps to make the journey a little bit easier for you.

Get a migration agent

Moving overseas doesn’t have to be this big trial if you have someone by your side to help you. For example, if you’re moving to Australia, we’d recommend that you speak to a Migration agent in Melbourne as part of your strategy to ensuring that you are totally prepared for whatever might come up.

Join social groups

Don’t spend your weekends indoors in a new country, get out there and meet people for god’s sake! Online groups like Meetup are awesome for getting out there and finding new buddies. You could also get on Facebook and look at forums and other groups to find people who you can hang out with.

Keep up your connections at home

You might be very busy with your new life and friends overseas, but don’t forget your loved ones at home! Thanks to iMessage and Skype, keeping in touch with people is easier than ever before. Schedule a time, or make a dedicated WhatsApp group to keep in touch. There are a heap of apps available and you just need to choose the one that works for you best. Find out what works for your family too, and pick the best one.

Do what you love

Sometimes it takes something as big as moving to another country to do what you really want to do in life, but that’s ok! Being on your own in a new country is as good a time to start as any, so get out there and throw yourself into your passion. Take full advantage of the fresh start and go full out on your dreams.

Embrace all of the new challenges

Ok, so you’re bound to have off days when things aren’t going to seem that easy. That’s ok – we all have our ups and downs. When you’re in a new country it’s important to embrace the new challenges as the learning experiences that they are. Take the lessons on board and grow as much as you can.

Write yourself a note for when you’re the most challenged

We love this idea because we all have those times when we feel hopeless and useless, and it seems like nothing anyone says can get through to us. But what about if the person we were getting the good advice from was ourselves? When you’re feeling positive, write yourself a motivational note about why you’re doing this and remind yourself how great you are. Then when you feel low, just pull out the note and enjoy the self-administered pep talk!

Seek home comforts

Sometimes you just need a taste from home. So whether you pack a big supply of your favourite lollies or sweets, or whether you can source your fave treats in your new home country, find whatever it is that you love the most, and eat it to feel instant comfort.

You’re so brave moving to a new country, so enjoy the ride and get the most out of it that you can!

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