The moving shock
Moving countries is like being thrown into a pool full of ice, its a big shock to your system and I must say at first that shock froze me to my core. Going from somewhere you’ve always known with people you've grown up with, to a foreign place where every face is a stranger is sure to make a big change in your life.
I trawled through blog after blog, guide after guide on how to get through homesickness, how to get a job and what I learnt was there is no other way except to do it yourself.
For some background, I have lived in Australia my whole life with beautiful beaches, warm weather and really no need to own a big coat. Now I've moved to a country where the beaches are stones, days are a top of 0 degrees and a big warm coat is my new best friend.
I did know what I was getting myself into with the weather, but there were some other things that I was unprepared to face. I have never been away from my parents for a long period of time and as I sat on the plane flying to the other side of the world, the sad reality sunk in that I wasn't going to see them on a daily basis. Let's just say the first 8 hours to Bangkok were emotional. I thought that this was just a passing feeling. I landed in the UK and was driven to my friend's house where I was staying but as my first week went on I found myself homesick, bedridden and unmotivated.
Nothing seemed to be going right, the job I had set up, unfortunately, fell through and I found how difficult it actually was to find another one, I was in a separate part of England which was foreign and unknown to me and all of my friends seemed so far away. This negative, emotional mindset placed me in a rut. I was on the verge of booking a plane ticket home before my time here had even begun. Luckily, I didn't.
I woke up the next day I started working out and going for runs which helped me to get to know my new surroundings and it also got me OUT of the house. I found a nice coffee shop in town where I could snuggle up and read a book or work on my blog and I found beautiful fields where I could walk and escape for a bit.
I was so caught up in the stress of moving that I almost forgot where I was. It was only early days at this point and I still have a long way to go in finding a job and somewhere to live but I am feeling much more confident in my new environment. Sometimes you need to reality check yourself and ask is it really that bad?
Flash forward to now!
I'm living in central London, not halfway across the world and I think that's something I can be happy about.
Tip for the day: Sit down and assess where you are right now and where you want to be. If you're nowhere near where you want to be, make a plan of how to get there. If you are, keep doing what you're doing because it's working!!
Buona Giornata!! (that's have a nice day in Italian because I just booked flights to Milan!)