When we are preparing for a move abroad, it sometimes seems like we have an endless to-do list.
But then, once we’ve submitted our paperwork and are awaiting authorization to move, it may feel like time stands still. It’s like we are hurrying up to get lots of things done, and then, once the application is sent out, it’s all about waiting.
The time between the visa submission and the response can be filled with anticipation and uncertainty. In this blog post, I’ll share three important tips to help you navigate this waiting period effectively.
Tip 1: Focus on What You Can control.
When you’ve submitted your application, it’s essential to shift your mindset and focus on what you can control. Understand that once your paperwork is submitted, the outcome is out of your hands. Instead of fixating on the unknown, direct your attention to elements within your control. This includes managing your attitude, maintaining a positive outlook, practicing mindfulness techniques like breathing exercises, and monitoring your thoughts. By shifting your focus to the present moment and taking the necessary steps one at a time, you can minimize the stress and anxiety associated with the waiting game.
Tip 2: Stay Proactive and Shift Your attention.
While waiting for authorization, use the time to your advantage by staying proactive and focusing on tasks that need attention. Consider decluttering and organizing your belongings, saying goodbye to loved ones, researching your new location, or even planning your new home decor. By engaging in these activities, you not only create a sense of accomplishment but also begin the process of mentally transitioning to your new life abroad. Utilize the resources available, such as online guides and videos, to assist you in this preparation phase.
Tip 3: Find your What For
During the waiting period, it’s natural to experience moments of doubt and second-guessing. This is an ideal time to revisit your motivations for moving abroad. Reflect on why you made this decision in the first place and what you hope to achieve by embarking on this journey, as well as what you are moving for—the purpose of the move. When you know your “what for” as well as why you want to move, you’ll gain confidence and know where to get the strength to go through the stress of waiting for a decision.
It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in this process. Seek support from others who have gone through similar experiences or join communities of expats. Connecting with like-minded individuals can provide a sense of belonging and reassurance during the waiting period.
If you’re seeking further guidance, support, and connection during this waiting period, consider exploring the Mastery Move program. This group coaching program is designed to provide a supportive community and expert guidance for individuals preparing to move abroad. Check out all the details and book a free enrollment call HERE.
By focusing on what you can control, staying proactive and connected, and harnessing your motivation, you can make the most of this time and prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for your upcoming adventure.