Coping with the Emotions of Planning a Move Abroad

Coping with the Emotions of Planning a Move Abroad

Planning a move can be an exciting and transformative experience, but it can also be a significant source of stress and anxiety. The process of uprooting your life and starting fresh can trigger a range of emotions, from excitement to fear, from hope to uncertainty. In this article, I will share ways to cope with the emotional rollercoaster that comes with planning a move and overcoming the stress and anxiety that can arise.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

The first step in coping with the emotional ups and downs of planning a move is to acknowledge your feelings. It’s normal to feel a mix of emotions during this time, and it’s essential to give yourself permission to feel and express them. Whether you’re feeling excited, overwhelmed, or scared, it’s important to take the time to process these emotions and understand where they’re coming from.

Make a Plan

One of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety during the planning process is to create a flexible plan. Having a clear roadmap for the steps you need to take can help you feel more in control and reduce feelings of overwhelm. Make a list of everything you need to do before your move and break it down into manageable tasks. Be sure to prioritize self-care and relaxation activities in your plan, such as exercise or spending time with loved ones. 

Don’t go overboard with your plan, and allow for flexibility, as there will always be setbacks and curveballs that will screw up your plans. Having a backup plan, or alternative solutions, will help you navigate those challenges a lot easier.

Stay Connected

Coping with the Emotions of Planning a Move

Moving can be an isolating experience, especially if you’re moving to a new city or country where you don’t know anyone. It’s essential to stay connected with friends and family during this time, whether it’s through video chats, phone calls, or social media. 

Make sure to make time for your social life and start to meet new people in your new host country as soon as you can.

You can use apps, like Bumble BFF, or Facebook groups for expats to meet new people. 

Having a support system can make you feel more grounded and can become a necessary lifeline when you’re dealing with challenges. 

Practice Self-Care

Finally, it’s essential to prioritize self-care during the planning process. Take time to engage in activities that help you relax and unwind, such as yoga or meditation. Be sure to eat well, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Taking care of yourself will help you stay physically and emotionally resilient during this time. In my book, you can find several activities that can help you mentally prepare for your move and settle in with ease. 


So yeah, planning a move can be a challenging and emotional process. Still, with the right strategies, you can overcome stress and anxiety and emerge from the experience stronger and more resilient. Acknowledge your feelings, make a plan, stay connected, and practice self-care. With these tools in your arsenal, you can navigate the emotional rollercoaster of planning a move and emerge on the other side feeling empowered and ready for the next chapter of your life.

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