Living abroad is beautiful, but it has its difficulties and challenges, the truth is that no one prepares you to live abroad; when I moved to Finland I felt that everything was going to be relatively easy and bearable but the truth is that I was wrong.
The migrant grief is the process related to the loss that begins when a person migrates. It is complex because it is associated with leaving behind everything you know, such as language, family, and friends. I think it is important to seek help if you feel it is very difficult to adjust. The symptoms of grief are as follows: you experience anxiety, anguish, you tend to feel unstable and you tend to isolate yourself. If you are experiencing these symptoms I recommend you visit a psychologist with whom you can share how you feel and what is affecting you, this can help you to combat and overcome this feeling that has you in the shadows.
Moving to Finland was a drastic change from which I still can't get over; leaving behind everything you know is difficult and although some people find it easy, in my case it was difficult and I must confess that I still don't find myself in this new country, even though it has been several years since I left my native Panama.
Living abroad is often idealized, as it is seen as a sign of progress, as long as it is voluntary and not forced as in some cases where people have to leave their countries for reasons beyond their control.
Social networks also create an implausible image about living abroad, and nobody is going to create content about how difficult it is to live abroad. This is what motivated me the most to write this post.
I want to be totally transparent about my experience. It has not been easy at all but I wouldn't change it for the world, but enough of the negative. Every experience has its positive side and in my case the positive is the following: it has taken me out of my comfort zone and to a certain extent you test your resilience; it has also helped me to meet other people, cultures, languages, and I even found my new hobby...Hiking.
I hope you liked this post.
I invite you to get to know me in this post and I also invite you to listen to the podcast Passport of the BraveThis podcast is from 2 girls, Fabiola a Panamanian living in Germany and Maria a Colombian living in Liverpool. They created this podcast for people like me who have emigrated or those who are thinking of emigrating, in it they tell their experiences, additionally they will have as guests experts on different topics such as health, beauty and others.