Tips to Help With Holiday Blues

For many expats this year, the phrase “Happy Holidays” can lead to a bad case of the blues. In the past, you could remedy being far from loved ones, family celebrations and familiar surroundings with a plane ticket home and a suitcase full of gifts from your foreign land. But a worldwide pandemic has put a stop to all that. So we’ve scoured the internet to bring you a compendium of tips from expat lifestyle consultants, counsellors, and mental health professionals to help make your expat holidays as merry as possible.

Misery Loves Company:

Try not to spend too much time alone. If the local rules allow it, get together with your expat colleagues and commiserate on your plight – the company and shared experience can lift your spirits.

Take it Easy on Yourself:

In spite of what it seems like on social media, not everyone has a perfect life. So don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be happy and joyous. Admitting sadness to yourself and others can be the first step out of your funk.

Reach Out:

Even if you can’t be there in person, a phone call, email or Zoom session with family and friends around the world can do wonders for your attitude. And if you know another expat that lives alone and can’t travel either, invite them over for some eggnog and cheer.

Make the Most of Your Time Off:

Get out and about. Go for a run, ride your bike or walk to the market. Fresh air and exercise can lend a fresh perspective.

Take Control:

Don’t let the holidays be something you dread. Learn to recognize the triggers that send you into sadness and how to avoid or manage them.

Don’t Drink Too Much:

Alcohol can increase holiday cheer but too much when you’re lonely or depressed can be a recipe for a downward spiral. Try to keep it to a minimum.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help:

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, knowing when you’re in over your head is a sign of wisdom. Wherever you are in the world, there’s always a community service organization willing to offer counseling in times of need. If you can’t find one on your own, ask a colleague or reach out to your HR department.

We at One World Cover hope you find these tips useful. In the meantime, wishing you a happy holiday season. For more information, reach out: [email protected]

One World Cover is a leading insurance consulting company and insurance broker to large employers of expats in Asia. We are one of Asia's leading employee benefits specialists and 100s of companies and schools trust One World Cover to help manage the quality health insurance coverage they provide for 1,000s of employees.

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