Organisations acknowledge that Expat Spouses increase their partner's work performance when they adapt successfully and research indicates that we often absorb the stress of the family (including the employed spouse) during the relocation.
Arguably "if you pursue happiness you will never find it" but during the frenzy of a relocation, is it not important to "check in" with ourselves and question how weare doing?
With a continuously evolving "to do" list that is as long as the Great Wall of China, a Partner that is embarking on a new job in a new language and culture, stressed out pet(s), concerned families in our home country that need placating and lets not even start on the Children - it is hard to give a moments thought to our happiness, which doesn't always come naturally during "move time".
It is with no surprise that research also indicates that the spouse's state of mind is a contributing factor to the successful transition of the expat family, which subsequently implies we should be on the top of our list of concerns! Even the most emotionally intelligent spouse is transparent to loved ones and putting a brave face on things is not easily sustainable to our families. It feels selfish to even think about prioritising ourselves (and easier said than done) but since our inner happiness seems to greatly impact on overall happiness of the family and relocation success, it should perhaps be considered from the outset rather than as an afterthought when things are more composed.
I can't possibly give generalised tips on how to be happy during relocation as an individual's pursuit of happiness is unique but what makes you happy in life doesn't change during a relocation. Whether it be a routine, sleep,socialising, exercise, joining a sports team, spending time with loved ones, holidays, food or wine that puts a smile on your face - make sure you don't press the hold button on your happiness at move time.
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