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HOW TO DEAL WITH

?EXPAT FATIGUE?

BY CATHY HEYNE SOURCE: LIVING ABROAD Expat fatigue isn?t one of those things like the stomach flu, where you know it when you?ve got it. If it were, it would be fairly obvious how to identify and deal with it. Instead expat fatigue has this sneaky habit of flying under the radar. If your excitement for being in a new place has ever taken a nose dive into intense frustration or listless exasperation, you may be experiencing expat fatigue. Expat fatigue is expected and natural outcome of adapting to a new place. Left unchecked, however, this may be a form of self-sabotage. When you allow yourself or your loved ones to get consumed by expat fatigue, you hijack the very sense of adventure that inspired your expatriate life in the first place. What is really at risk? The expatriate assignment, important relationships and one´s own happiness. These are high stakes. NAM E THE BEAST Road rage on the way home from work. Refusal to learn the local language. Religiously stirring up evening cocktails. Gut-wrenching homesickness. On their own, none seem to point in an obvious direction, but when you recognize the name of the beast you are facing, you are better able to cope with it. David L. Szanton?s explains it as "physical and emotional WWW.EXPATSWORLD.COM

exhaustion that almost invariably results from the infinite series of minute adjustments required for long-term survival in an alien culture." Szanton goes on to name the demanding nature of suspending our default responses, including how we evaluate something, and the tiring effort required to constantly adapt our approach. Szanton is straightforward, ?conscious or unconscious, successful, or unsuccessful consumes an enormous amount of energy leaving the individual decidedly fatigued.? TAM E THE BEAST If you want to deal with expat fatigue effectively, you will want to have laser-like focus. Cross-cultural psychologists Ward, Bochner, and Furnham (2) help us simplify the complex process of adapting to a new or unfamiliar cultural environment by breaking it down to the ABCs

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Expats World Magazine - Issue 4 - Oktober 2017  

Expats World Magazine - Issue 4 - Oktober 2017