3 Tips to Help You Ditch the Overwhelm of an International Relocation

by | Jun 18, 2024 | Moving Abroad

Relocating to a new country is an exciting but challenging endeavor. The process can be overwhelming at various stages: before the move, during the transition, and after settling in. While this feeling of overwhelm is almost unavoidable due to the magnitude of such a life decision, there are effective ways to manage and reduce it. In this blog post, I’ll explore three practical tips to help you navigate the complexities of moving abroad with more ease and confidence.

Understanding Overwhelm

First, let’s establish why overwhelm is not beneficial for you. Besides the obvious discomfort, being overwhelmed leads to anxiety and diminishes our cognitive abilities. Even if we have all the resources and information, we struggle to think straight, make decisions, and often second-guess ourselves. This can affect our relationships with ourselves and with others, both those moving with us and those staying behind. Clearly, managing overwhelm is crucial, especially since a move abroad is a significant investment emotionally, energetically, and financially. So, let’s dive into the three tips to help you manage and reduce this overwhelm.

Tip #1: Observe Your Body's Signs

Pay attention to how your body manifests anxiety and overwhelm before it becomes too intense. Everyone experiences this differently. Some might feel a knot in their stomach, others may feel the urge to go to the bathroom, start sweating, feel cold, or tense up in specific areas like the shoulders or lower back. Some might get headaches or have a dry mouth. By observing these early signs, you can take action to reduce the anxiety before it escalates. Simple actions like taking a break, practicing breathing exercises, going for a walk, or having some tea can make a significant difference. It doesn’t have to be complicated or involve a full-blown meditation session. The key is to know when to stop and address the symptoms early on.

Tip #2: Know Your "What For"

Understand and articulate your objectives with the move, which I refer to as your “what for.” We often focus too much on why we want to move and not enough on what we are moving for. Having a crystal clear and well-established “what for” can guide you through the process. Write it down like a mission statement and keep it visible on post-its, your phone, or even as a symbolic image. This clarity helps you stay focused and motivated throughout the relocation process.

Tip #3: Create a Supercharged To-Do List

While we usually have to-do lists, they can be adding to our overwhelm because they don’t take into account what you might want to delegate or break down into smaller bites. That’s why I recommend creating a supercharged to-do list. This tool helps you organize and prioritize your tasks effectively. All you need is a pen and paper or a spreadsheet. This method allows you to focus on the benefits and get things done efficiently. I have a detailed video explaining the step-by-step process of creating a supercharged to-do list, which can be incredibly helpful in reducing the overwhelm associated with moving abroad.

By following these tips, you can significantly reduce or even eliminate the overwhelm of moving abroad. 

For more personalized support, check out my Expat Journey Program. This program offers a comprehensive approach to managing the challenges of moving to Europe or any other destination and adjusting to a new life in a different country. Visit the Expat Journey Program to learn more and take the first step towards a smoother transition abroad.


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