Coping with a Move to Mexico: You’re Not Alone

8 Jun

Here is a fantastic article by Andrea Martins, author of the article and of a new book detailing experiences of female expats.

The expat life is a balance between good and bad experiences for women and men. It’s important to keep an open mind when in this transitioning phase. Living abroad can also be an invigorating challenge contrary to the belief that the expat life is easy. It teaches us to be comfortable outside of what we are used to and open to other beliefs and experiences.

If you are moving with a partner who got a new job in Mexico, be aware of this tidbit. The “Brookfield Global Relocation Services’ 2011 Global Relocation Trends Survey Report, released last month. In it, ‘partner resistance’ was named as the number one family challenge critical to global mobility right now.” It’s okay to admit that you may not be perfectly well-adjusted to the move– there will be challenges in dealing with the new move and there are others in the same exact position. Don’t be afraid to reach out to and meet other expats in the area and share how you’re feeling. Chances are, they’re scared to admit their feelings as well. The author offers advice, “The more openly we discuss both aspects, the less email confessions I might receive from women opening their hearts up and seeking reassurance from strangers online.”

Expat life comes with challenges, despite stereotypes that this new life is easy.

Any readers have advice to share about coping with the expat life?

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