THE EVER-CHANGING EXPATRIATE EMOTIONAL BAROMETER

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Expatriate life is filled with many experiences, both delightful and challenging. Most will fill you with a wondrous, happy emotional state. Others will be bumpy, inducing a negative mood. This see-sawing of emotions as you navigate the expatriate life’s challenges and delights can be tiresome, it may induce insecurity, tap away at your confidence and cause you to doubt your decision-making abilities. You may begin to feel insecure, question how well you know yourself, having a negative affect on your overall well-being.

One antidote to this see-sawing of emotions is to create a list of your known feel-good activities, those activities that recharge your batteries, that give you breathing space and joy. Add a few items that you have always wanted to try.

Keep this list easily available, ready to reference when you find yourself doubting, questioning and feeling your emotional barometer is a little low, even for just a day.

For example:

  • Being an introvert you enjoy spending time walking alone to rejuvenate, sort through your troubles and ease your mind
    Going on a day long road trip alone or with someone
  • Doing something for someone else or the community
  • Playing sport, going for a run / walk / dancing
  • Writing a journal / reading a book
  • Phoning home/best friend
  • Meditation / Pray
  • Gratitude / forgiveness
  • Ask for help from a friend or a therapist

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Residing in France since 2011, Wendy Smith is Australian with a passion for photography. Having exhibited in Australia, Paris and New York, she has received numerous awards, including the International Photography Awards and Better Photography Magazine Awards. During her time in France, she has also developed a passion for writing, which she expresses through her multifaceted blog and is a regular contributor to Expatriates Magazine. Wendy is a practicing psychologist, corporate well-being consultant and advocate of positive psychology. A highly trained counselling psychologist and coach she qualified as a psychologist in Australia and now practices in France. In addition to one-on-one sessions, Wendy also runs workshops for women and corporate well-being seminars and workshops. See more: www.wendysmith.eu