The Lone­li­ness of Ex­pat Life

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Community - NASH

Liv­ing in a new coun­try can be a lonely ex­pe­ri­ence. You are deal­ing with cul­ture shock, alien­ation and prob­a­bly miss­ing your fam­ily and friends from back home. As an ex­pat you may miss see­ing old friends that share your past and mem­o­ries, you may miss fa­mil­iar rou­tines, and the com­fort of know­ing some­one is there if you need them. Be­ing an ex­pat may re­mind you of be­ing the new kid in class or mov­ing to a new neigh­bor­hood and try­ing to fig­ure out where you fit in. The na­ture of ex­pat life makes it harder to build long term re­la­tion­ships since peo­ple seem to al­ways be com­ing and go­ing.

How­ever, mov­ing to a new coun­try is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to start over, to find your­self and fig­ure out what is re­ally im­por­tant to you. Since your old friends or fam­ily aren’t in­flu­enc­ing you in this time of your life, you may find your true self. It is also a per­fect time to find like minded peo­ple to share sto­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences.

A great way to get in­volved in your new coun­try is through vol­un­teer work. Volunteering gives you a sense of be­long­ing and a con­nec­tion to peo­ple that care about the same things you care about.

Playa del Car­men has many sports out­lets, whether it is join­ing a gym, Zumba classes, yoga, golf, beach sports or teams. There are classes avail­able such as pad­dle board­ing, scuba div­ing, and ten­nis. Most sport can be found here in Playa del Car­men.

Face­book is another way to con­nect with ex­pats for ex­am­ple here in Playa del Car­men you can con­nect with peo­ple on “Soy Playense ENGLISH” or “Ex­pats & Lo­cals in Playa del Car­men”. In these groups, you can find mee­tups and ad­vice from fel­low ex­pats.

Span­ish classes are a good way of meet­ing other ex­pats, not to men­tion in­cred­i­bly help­ful in day to day sur­vival in Mexico. Although it is im­por­tant to keep in touch with fam­ily and friends back home, if you rely on their com­pany too much, you will not meet new peo­ple or al­low new peo­ple in your life. Chances are you are not out meet­ing new peo­ple if you spend your day on Skype and mes­sen­ger. Get out­side, there is a whole new world to ex­plore, you will find your place if you go out and take a look around.

Ex­pat life can be lonely but find­ing vol­un­teer and sports ac­tiv­i­ties can help you make new friends / Photo: www.snowflakesin­cal­i­for­

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