Coping With the Stresses of Living Abroad

Stresses of Living Abroad

If you are preparing to spend an extended amount of time abroad, you are in for one of your life’s most exciting and enriching experiences. There are just so many things you will encounter that are so different from your life now—that is exciting. But there is a flip side to everything, and all that ‘difference’ can sometimes be a source of frustration, especially once you have been there a while and the ‘newness’ of everything wears off. If you are already abroad, you may be experiencing this unpleasant phenomenon. Learn more about the stresses of living abroad at

Having spent the last three years living and traveling internationally, I have learned a thing or two about coping with this problem. Here are some of my suggestions to keep in mind.

Just Accept Things for What They Are

Living abroad is fun and exciting, and it is easy to romanticize it in our heads. We envision every moment filled with fascinating experiences. But, after being there for a while, sometimes things that seemed fascinating become less so because it no longer feels new.

You are used to it. Behaviors and customs that seemed so quirky and interesting can quickly become a source of great annoyance. You start zeroing in on things you don’t like or wish were different.

Because we have built up the experience so much in our heads, our reaction to these negative things becomes much more intense. The bubble gets burst.

You may still not like certain things, but do your best to accept situations for what they are and take everything as it comes; you will not feel as upset. Realize no place is a utopia. can provide you with more details on how to cope with such a situation.

Reach out for the Familiar

Being abroad for prolonged periods can sometimes make you feel disoriented; the frustrations make you miss the familiar even more. Finding ways to connect with it has always been very helpful for me. One of the best things for me is using a proxy server service to watch HBO Go abroad and other sources of American television. Go to that bar packed with ex-pats from your own country. Eat at McDonald’s; it’s okay. Learn about the need to get socialize abroad at

Be Grateful for the Experience

Gratitude for what is good in our lives is one of the best ways to feel better about the things that aren’t so great. Traveling presents an amazing opportunity to broaden our horizons, get to know ourselves better, and develop a host of skills that will serve us well in all areas of life, such as patience and tolerance. Most of the world will never experience what you are experiencing right now. They will never leave their country—they may never even leave the immediate area where they have spent their entire lives.

You are human and have emotions, but when you think about the experience in this light, you can gain a better perspective, where the problems you are having don’t seem as bad as you think they are.