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Emotional Resilience in Expat Life: Part II

I’ve been working on a five-part series on Emotional Resilience in Expat Life, and a couple days ago the second article, on Transitions & Change, was published on I Am Expat.

As mentioned previously, emotional resilience is generally defined as being able to deal with and adapt to whatever challenges, setbacks and unpleasant curve balls life throws your way AND being able to maintain or eventually return to a positive image of yourself.

Part I in the series, on identity, explains why the latter part of the definition is so important. How we identify ourselves, the image we hold of ourselves, being in congruence with who we are and are seen to be, are vital to our emotional wellbeing.

Now we turn our attention toward the transitions of expat life and the change model that helps describe how we deal with those transitions.

While everyone needs emotional resilience, I’m focusing on expats precisely due to the challenges tossed our way in terms of relocating to a country or culture different from our own. Perhaps multiple times.

Getting thrown in, sink or swim. Making the best of it, finding our way, and learning to thrive.

Starting over, where no one knows our backstory. Having to explain yourself, your experience, your abilities to employers who don’t always seem particularly willing to connect dots that aren’t in a perfectly rigid, straight line.

Sometimes moving of our own volition, other times at the seemingly capricious whims of a global market, corporate realignment, international organization, government entity, natural disaster or political strife.

Saying goodbye. Watching good friends come into and out of our lives. Readjusting, mourning our losses, acknowledging our gains.

Transitions and the change process are important pieces to the puzzle of emotional resilience, and I hope you’ll find the article helpful.

[Image credit: Ponsulak, Portfolio 1983 Freedigitalphotos.net]

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