If I’m honest, my mood’s been shit since Sunday. And I know that it’s time for a change of scenery in order to improve my perspective (and attitude). I can’t identify exactly what’s bothering me, but taking some space will afford me the chance to reflect.
Yesterday I wrote that I’m feeling more restless than usual. I don’t know if its the cooler weather, the changing season or what …but I’m compelled to hop a plane going anywhere.
I’ve written before about putting physical distance between you and your stress, and this is precisely the situations that apply. When your body or mind tells you it needs to heal, listen to it. Taking care of yourself is a very important piece of the expat puzzle and one you shouldn’t ignore.
Norway to the rescue
Fortunately, we depart for Norway tomorrow afternoon! Have you been? This will be our first trip to a Scandinavian country and I’m excited to see the famous fjords in person. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with nature and unplugging from the stress of everyday life living overseas.
My intention is to remind all the fellow expats and spouses out there, that it’s normal to have an off-day. Or in my case two. Hell, take a week if you need it. We all know that expat life can be tough. But just keep the lines of communication open with your partner and actively work towards turning that frown upside down.
If you find yourself stuck in a negative place, do everything you can to shake yourself out of it. Head to the gym, FaceTime a loved one back home, etc. Or if you’re like me, take off to a glacier (I’m Canadian, it’s in my blood!) Because the worst thing that’ll happen is that you’ll return with a little frostbite. I’ll take those odds.