Stress is a natural part of life that comes with traveling and having a family and job. If you are working abroad as an expat with your family, you more than likely are in need of a breather more often than not. While stress may seem like a temporary hindrance, it can have serious consequences if not kept under control.
A few common side effects of stress according to the Mayo Clinic include:
- Muscle tension
- Chest pain
- Upset stomach
- Sleep problems
- Over or under eating
- Drug abuse
- Social withdrawal
When it comes to stress it’s important to evaluate what type of stress you are experience. Is it acute stress which is a direct cause from a short term situation like being late to an event or chronic stress- which can be more long-term and harmful to your health. While acute stress may not always be predictable, chronic stress can be managed when worked upon. The first step is to pinpoint the stressor, then find ways to keep it under control.
Your health as an expat should be a top priority while abroad- if high levels of stress are not taken care of, serious health effects such as a heart attack can occur. Before it gets to this point, take a few moments to think about and gauge your stress levels- then pick a few healthy ways to help keep your stress under control and your body at its best. Here are just a few ways to relieve stress in a healthy way:
- Tai Chi
Preventing stress from getting out of control is the best way to keep your job and health as an expat at its best. If you’re not sure if stress is effecting your health, make sure your international health insurance plan includes wellness and make a visit your doctor for a check-up.