EXPATS, IMMIGRANTS & NEWCOMERS

 In General

EXPATS, IMMIGRANTS & NEWCOMERS

 

The expat, immigrant and newcomer life is often seen as one of privilege.

Rarely are the emotional challenges of moving away from your support network to unfamiliar surroundings considered.

 

Depression, anxiety, nervousness, social isolation, hyper-vigilance, unacceptance, bigotry and feeling unable to cope is very often

ignored.

Being away from family and trusted friends makes dealing with life challenges, loss and grief even more difficult than usual.

 

Expat, Immigrant and Newcomer Communities are VERY DIFFERENT.

 

You would only relate IF you’ve experienced this.

Stress levels of immigrating and/or long term travel should not be under-estimated.

 

Establishing a trustworthy and confidential support network to deal with challenges within an expat community can be very difficult.

Even MORE so, if there is a language and/or cultural barrier between you and the local people, or if the support is provided by your employer.

 

People very often DO NOT want their employer to be aware of their personal struggles.

 

Dealing with high levels of stress and anxiety in an environment where you feel unsupported amplifies the condition.

 

Divorce rates in expat communities are high.

 

The challenges of children raised in a 3rd culture is also very different to children who live in stable environments.

 

Returning to the home country to re-establish life is often MORE difficult that initially leaving. We outgrow our home environments very quickly.

 

Self-care, self-awareness, cultural sensitivity and a relatable support network is necessary for your well-being. It is also necessary for the service provider to have personal experience and a cultural frame of reference in order to support you; by understanding your personal situation and your personal experience.

 

My personal experience of expat communities, immigrant and newcomer communities, and the inherent cultural challenges is based on 24 mobile years within South Africa, UK, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei and Ontario Canada.  I have lived outside of my home country for 24 years and have experienced 38 countries.

Certain countries I only traveled to; others I lived in long term for cultural immersion, professional growth and personal development.

 

From experience within these communities, I know that people in need of guidance are often afraid of, or uncomfortable with, being seen in a waiting room. They either go unsupported or go to Yoga.

Yoga and Pilates classes is where I have provided guidance for these people.

 

For this reason I offer online guidance and mentorship in the privacy of your home.

Feel free to email me and book your online session.

Colleen

Copyright Colleen Glennis McClure

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