Are you one of the few expats who didn’t take an extended summer holiday or return to the “homeland” for the summer with the kids in tow??
The summer months can be brutal for expats that choose to stay abroad or only take a short holiday/vacation.
Loneliness, envy, depression, guilt or feeling suddenly homesick are common complaints during the dog days of summer.
What can you do differently to turn your situation around? What adventures can your create for yourself or your family locally?
When I lived in Holland I was amazed at how few of the Dutch I knew (and I knew a lot since I married into a huge Catholic family!) visited places that were considered touristy. Yet whenever I dragged them along with me to these places they were always amazed at how fun or unique they were.
So perhaps its time for you to explore the local countryside, the off the beaten track national museums. A long weekend away at a bed and breakfast in the country you are residing and see it again through the eyes of a vacationer vs. the struggles of an expat!
Maybe now is a good time to get started on those photo albums whether scrapbooking or online. This can be a fun way to relive happy memories of past trips and get the family working on contributing to life long memories for the future.
Seek out a few expats that are around for the summer months and plan some activities together. Sharing costs with others can increase your outings and get you out of the house and doing things.
Remember, expand your contacts. We often make friends or meet individuals we wouldn’t seek out in our native land. However, using this time to make friends with new people can open doors to friendships and interests that you would have never allowed yourself to explore before.
Summer will be what you make it! Get creative, stop using the word “but” and just get out there and enjoy your summer!
Summer coaching is a great way to set goals and get active on lifestyle changes. If you want to meet the challenge of working with a coach and reinvigorating your life, contact me and we will get started asap to setting your dreams in motion!