Asian Tigers Group provides international relocation solutions for more than 16,000 families each year, with offices in 14 different territories. In this instalment of their regular column, they look at the issue of the lonely expat and some ways to combat feelings of loneliness.
Embarking on a new way of life is exciting and challenging. As a single expat experiencing a new Asian culture, a feeling of homesickness and culture shock can leave you with a sense of loneliness. Don’t worry, there are several ways to minimise this.
3 Ways to Combat Loneliness
Expand your social circle
Your new work colleagues will likely be extremely welcoming and eager to help you settle in. Take the plunge and start connecting with others. Everyone has an interest or hobby, and a shared passion opens the door to more fulfilling personal connections.
Set a routine
Without a circle of close friends to lean on, there’s a temptation to simply head home after work. To avoid falling into this trap, set yourself a routine. Make the most of days off and weekends to plan at least one activity a week. Then build on this to include more social activities over time.
If you’re feeling lonesome, you can bet hundreds of other expats have been there too. Start by joining an online expat community before your move and engaging with others. Many communities organise regular meet-ups for new expats, and you’ll also find expat-focused sports clubs and business associations to get involved in.
Prolonged loneliness can lead to the onset of depression. It’s tempting to throw yourself into your new work role and leave nothing for personal enjoyment. Embrace positive thinking, eat healthily and make time for mindfulness to brush those expat blues away.
Got any questions about a move? Contact your local Asian Tigers office or reach out via asiantigersgroup.com/contact-us.
This article first appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.