Some people call it “settling for less”, others say “giving up, giving in”.
Either way it can cause long term stress that eats away at your self esteem and happiness.
Living abroad can put us in situations where our choices don’t feel like options we want to pick. The result is we are left feeling trapped and upset.
Sadly, we usually have other options we are not seeing because our own inner voice and cultural conditioning often put up walls blinding us to our big picture options and the truth.
The worst scenario is the one whereby we really do have only a few options and none of them are what we would pick for ourselves “back home”.
This is where it is so important to give yourself the chance to explore your values, determine your limitations and see what type of compromise you are willing to make.
If you can turn your situation around and view it as making a compromise, putting yourself back in the power seat, it can do a lot for relieving the mental stress you are feeling.
The key here is that I am not suggesting you just change the wording. I am suggesting that you actually pick the option that is best for you even though you don’t like it and find a way to actually turn it into a compromise.
Perhaps it means giving yourself permission to return home sooner than you planned because you are miserable and your health comes first. So, “I hate this location and I have 16 months to go in this contract”… becomes “If I work for another 6 months here, the money I make will be enough to purchase that house back home, I will choose to work here for that time and then make arrangements to move back early and find a job better suited to my goals and interests”.
Ok, is a gremlin yelling at you right now….quit the job…. is Julia nuts? Maybe. You tell me.
Which is nuttier, to stay in a situation that is causing you sadness, anger, frustration, eating away at your health at the cellular level causing long term damage, negatively affecting your relationships, possibly your partner or kids, OR seizing the opportunity, taking control of your destiny and reshaping how you choose to go forward.
Never forget. NEVER forget this is YOUR life.
Who are you putting in charge of it? Yourself using your values and beliefs to guide you OR Society, your boss, your spouse, a bad situation.
If you answer yes to the title question of this post, ask yourself the next question: How many more days are you going to tolerate choosing to remain in this situation?
How many more days will you throw away?
Ready to change?
First step. What are you tolerating?
Second step. What would the situation look like without the toleration?
Third step. What do you need to do right now to change this?
If the fourth step for you is getting help with this – I am here for you. Let’s get it done!