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Protecting your mental health abroad

Aidan Cross

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

To celebrate our very first Welfare Wednesday, one third of our fantastic Welfare Team, Aidan, shares their advice for staying on top of your mental health whilst being away from home.

Whether you’re studying, working, or volunteering abroad, traveling and living in another country is an exciting and rewarding experience. It’s normal to feel stressed, anxious, and even lonely at times, but there are some things that you can do to protect your mental health and make sure that your year abroad is as safe and enjoyable as possible.


Perhaps the best advice for your year abroad is to say “yes” to new experiences. The friends and memories that you’ll make during your travels will last a lifetime and will help you to settle in and really feel at home. Exploring your city and country, the food and culture will help you to learn, grow, and feel more comfortable, and it can also be a great way to de-stress. However, remember that it’s okay to say “no”; you don’t have to be doing something new and exciting every day to enjoy your year abroad!


As well as making new friends and having new experiences, it’s important to take time for yourself. You’re doing something incredible, but challenging, so be kind to yourself! Some days are going to be harder than others. Some days you’ll miss home and your loved ones. Some days you’ll feel as though you don’t understand anything of the language and culture. Having a support system is key to surviving those days. Chat with your friends and family back home, meditate, listen to music, read, play games, watch Netflix, go for a walk, exercise, or whatever makes you happy.


And finally, know where you can access support! Reach out to the Year Abroad team at Nottingham or our Welfare Team here at Lingo Magazine, and we can direct you to the right services.

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