I am having an expat stress festival.

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stressfestival Fri 23-May-14 02:40:30

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I find making a list and checking it off helps me. It calms your thoughts and organizes what needs to be done. Try to do things in 30 minute chunks so you do not feel overwhelmed

We did a move last august and I am still overwhelmed by it. Now I try to one thing each evening to get sorted out and caught up and am feeling much better.

Wine also helps. Good luck!

Expatedout Fri 23-May-14 03:16:57

Oh I feel your pain. We are moving in 7 weeks and already stressed by the packing ,schooling, pets malarkey and we are not even in the thick of it yet

Missymoomum Fri 23-May-14 07:24:41

Oh god i wish i hadn't read this thread. We're supposed to be moving back to the UK this summer after being away for 4 years but still don't know for definite so I potentially have all this to come but squeezed in to a matter of 4 weeks or less shock

WallyBantersJunkBox Fri 23-May-14 12:04:18

Can you get some help? Someone to clean, while you pack?

Try clearing and packing one room, then using that as a storage base. Then tackle one room at a time - essential pile, can be packed pile, throw or sell pile.

I love lists, I find them calming. Keep a pad and pen to hand, and if you feel stressed just start writing down everything that is stressing you.

stressfestival Sat 24-May-14 00:57:15

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ThePost Sat 24-May-14 01:18:28

This is one of those times when looking at the big picture is really unhelpful! I used to focus on small groups of tasks each day, knowing that eventually each day of small tasks becomes the whole. If it is at all possible, try and do something relaxing for yourself each day, even if it's just a 30 minute walk, leaving it all behind for a quick coffee out somewhere, a yoga or gym class. Keep breathing!

LadyOfLlangollen Sat 24-May-14 01:35:47

We were expats for 16 years before moving back to the UK. I think getting some help is really worthwhile.
It's physically tiring however organised you are and having other people share the work really helps.
Have you kids with you?

stressfestival Sat 24-May-14 03:54:00

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Alligatorpie Sat 24-May-14 06:14:02

Feeling the stress here too.
We aren't moving for 5 weeks, but we have PIL coming for 2 weeks, and dh and I both work until 2 days before we fly out. And then we fly to my dps for 4 weeks before moving. We have also decided not to ship, so we will be travelling with 10 suitcases, way too much hand luggage, 2 car seats, stroller...
I am starting to purge, but there is so much stuff! Luckily, there are lots of people to donate to, so as soon as I pack it, it is gone.

cannotseeanend Sat 24-May-14 06:42:24

Compared to moving back to the UK, my life if far worse. I cope by thinking of what I still have to be thankful for and try to keep my mind off my own life by helping others, because if I thought about myself, disaster would have struck.

The thought of packing up my house right now fills me with utter fear, because a house of 5 people and 1 adult, it's a lot, but I know I have to do it at some point. 1 room at a time. 1 day at a time. Set goals not too high. Moved 2 times in 6 years and done most of it alone, but next time I really am alone. Took me 2 months in total.

Good luck

LondonForTheWeekend Wed 28-May-14 09:47:54

Can I join too. Moving in six weeks and starting to freak a bit.

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