Reducing Homesickness for Business Expatriates

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Depending on different factors, a worker can migrate to another country to seek greener pastures. From a distance, an action like that seems cool and fun to try out. In reality, it is accompanied by a wave of unacquainted customs, culture shocks, seclusion, and loneliness.

When a person changes location, there are many issues one can encounter. Once you move, you’ll need to exercise tolerance with the personal modification process.

Issues Expatriates Face in a New Country

  1. The Problem of Fitting in

When an expatriate migrates to another country, it means a big social network is being left behind. Tens and possibly hundreds of contacts and relationships forged over the years gradually dissolve. That fact alone is difficult to come to terms with.

Then there’s the problem of having the same interests as the locals in the new country. Without shared interests, it would be hard to hold meaningful conversations let alone making acquaintances.

  • The Problem of Loneliness

Becoming lonely is an issue a big percentage of expatriates face. Except you meet a new or old friend on social media living in the region you intend to move to, you’ll spend your days alone.

This complication hits unmarried expatriates harder. With no one to talk to or share daily troubles with, books and movies become somewhat of an oasis for the individual.

Measures Business Expatriates can take to feel at Home

  1. Take your New Home to be your ‘New Home’

Because you live in a place doesn’t mean you feel like you’re at home. If you feel the need to leave your current place of residence for your home country, then the house you’re living in isn’t home.

You need to mentally come to terms with the fact that your move is permanent. You can start by referring to your new apartment or house as your home. Remember that what comes out of your mouth is what your subconscious mind will believe.

To feel at home better, you can import elements of your previous place into your new place. If you can’t find the exact artifacts as that of your former place of residence, get local substitutes. You can also place framed photos of your loved ones in your room. Once this is done, your subconscious will start to associate your new home with the old one.

  • Make New Friends

Admittedly, this point is easier said than done. However, without friends, time will seem to pass slowly, making you reminisce more about home and the vast multitudes of friends you could have hung out with.

When you’re with friends, you tend to forget what you left behind. You can start making friends in your new place of abode by using social media. You can hang out in bars, go to the local gym, community events, and so on.

You might also need to add new interests. For instance, if a great number of people in the new place follow a different sport than what you’re used to, learn the new sport. People like to talk about what they can relate to.

  • Get a VPN for Streaming Services

Streaming services show a wide range of TV shows and movies. However, due to several reasons, different libraries are shown to people in different regions.

As an expatriate, you can find out a new blockbuster movie or a TV show episode is inaccessible in your region. This is a process called geo-restriction and it has to do with license and copyright issues. If you want to stay in touch with the library shown to you in your previous country, get a VPN.

Since how a VPN works is by routing network traffic through dedicated servers, you’d be able to access the library of your choice. For instance, someone who migrated from the US can connect to a VPN server in the US, tricking the streaming service into thinking the user is in the US.

Being able to keep in touch with your favorite shows will give off a feeling of being home again.

  •  Make Planned Trips back Home

Once in a while, try to visit your home. You can do this during holidays, vacations, or family events.

Refrain from making split-second decisions about going back home as these trips can get expensive and drain your finances. It can also make you get more homesick and never make you feel settled in your new country.

Conclusion

Loneliness and homesickness are familiar feelings to most expatriates. Coupled with that, there’s the issue of fitting in with the locals at the new place. To feel more at home you can use a VPN for TV shows and movies, make new friends, and travel back home at predetermined periods.

Writer’s bio:

Jack is an accomplished cybersecurity expert with years of experience under his belt at TechWarn, a trusted digital agency to world-class cybersecurity companies. A passionate digital safety advocate himself, Jack frequently contributes to tech blogs and digital media sharing expert insights on cybersecurity and privacy tools.

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