The Loneliness of Expat Life
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.snowflakesincalifornia.com