Expats are constantly separated from their families, and it's a difficult experience. One of the ways to lessen this feeling is by talking with other expats in your situation. There are millions of people who live abroad because they have no choice, but there is still that sense of loneliness.
This article offers 5 tips for lonely expats so you can stay happy while away from family and friends:
1) Surround yourself with like-minded people
This sounds immediately stupid because, well, Covid-19 but hear us out. Right now we're all being more open about who we are and what we want having been forced inside. It is finally totally okay to go search new people out on twitter, reddit or Facebook who have similar interests to us. For years I was a lonely cyclist, embarrassed by performance. Now I've found a new crew all online!
2) Keep a journal or blog
It is easy for days to blend into months and to feel like life is at a standstill. That is until I started journalling. Not every day. Not even most days. But infrequent enough so that when I feel like I can't turn off the voices in my mind. I can write them down and rediscover a younger more naive me. Even if that me was only a week younger.
It is therapeutic and sometimes the only thing that gets me through a day.
3) Get outdoors
There are lots of reasons to get outside! One might be just to escape your current situation. But when we think about it, our true love or hobby will always bring us back out there too. It doesn't matter if you want to go hiking in Nepal or hang gliding in Texas. When the time comes for these things again, you'll know where they are and what makes them so special. I force myself to walk outside, no music, for at least 5 minutes a day. You'll realise just how not alone you really are.
4) Make a list of everything you love about where you are.
This is a glass half full situation. You can actively change your mind. Do it. Remember why you moved.
5) Connect with people from home online who live near you and share adventures together over Skype or Facetime.