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Richard Railton reminds us to pay attention to our mental health.

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nyone who has spent time working in a foreign country and learning in a foreign language will know that there are unique challenges experienced in everyday life. Some of these challenges can be overcome quickly, yet others seem to require continual persistence to manage. How we choose to, or are able to deal with these challenges revolves around our mindset and level of determination. This idea not only applies to living and working abroad, but to any new situation with which we are unfamiliar. We’re often able to identify the distressing symptoms that can arise from our everyday challenges. However, when our coping mechanisms start to break down and we become unable to adapt to new situations, we can easily become victims of our own minds. Namely, these symptoms are stress, anxiety, and depression. They interact and intertwine with one another, making it

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difficult to understand their cause or the impact they have on physical and mental health. As they take hold and your mind becomes warped, taking a step back to examine the situation from afar becomes increasingly difficult. For this reason, the ability to talk to someone and feel heard is a very important first step on the path to greater management and recovery. The sooner we are able to do this the better. Being strong and independent does not mean coping with the debilitating cycle of these symptoms in silence. Anonymous and confidential support is available year round from the AJET Peer Support Group. n

AJET Peer Support Group

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8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

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