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How to Prep for an International Move

How to Prep for an International Move

The offers started coming as soon as the manager reached his late 20s. He spoke a few languages and had spent time overseas with a firm to rave reviews. So, although he was happy to be back in his home country, it wasn’t long before large companies wanted to send him away to Ireland or Vietnam or China to work in an executive capacity.

Other people planning to move may end up facing that experience for other reasons. Either the entrepreneurial spirit or an interest in adventure or culture may cause them to want to make a change to see what life is like in another country.

Regardless of the reasons for your journey, here are some steps that you can take to prepare for an international move:

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Know Where You Are Going

If you want the best odds on your side in terms of being a success abroad, it is a good idea to spend some time researching the culture, economy, and language of the place that you intend to move to. Oftentimes, those people that are not able to do so end up experiencing a stronger case of “culture shock” after they move than those who do learn about the place in advance of the move.

Another reason to study the culture before you leave is that there are embarrassing times in front of you if you do not know some of the basics.

One executive went to Japan and thought that he had a handle on their culture from some of the books that he had read. He hosted a party with co-workers and the community and used a plastic bowl from his condo to serve potato chips in. When no one tried the variety of potato chips that he was certain would be popular, he began to ask some of his closer acquaintances about the phenomenon. He finally learned that his potato chip bowl was supposed to be used to take a bath with, not for food. It may be clean, but at some point it was used to rinse naked bodies, causing his visitors to want to avoid eating from it.

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Be Logistical

Another thing that will help you to land on your feet in your new land is knowing how to be a logistics guru. If you can’t pull that off, at least use a very competent set of helpers, like movers in New York that people rely upon. They are fast, courteous, and take care of all the planning you need up front.

Be Realistic

Some moving services can even take care of planning your packing and coordinating the shipment without much more overhead than it would take for you to do it yourself. The number one thing to remember is that you should plan to put some things into storage, unless you are planning to leave and not return.

Sell Online

Using a combination of local storage and competent movers can help you to plan what you want to keep or get rid of. The next problem that many people face is finding a way to ensure that the things they want to sell get sold.

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In the past, most people would sell these items at seasonal garage sales. Throughout the warmer part of the United States, if you don’t have time for a garage sale, you can often find someone that sells weekly at swap meets to look at your goods.

Another avenue that is popular is to use online sales venues like Craigslist in order to sell or give away goods that still have value. The nice thing about using Craigslist is that the community has years of experience working with each other and the expectation is that the quality of the goods will be as described. On the buyer’s side, they almost always pay cash and accept the goods for what they are. So you can enjoy a hassle-free sale for a very low time commitment.

Don’t Forget To Write

One of the most important things to do if you plan to return in the future is to keep in touch with the community that you are leaving. This is easily done through social media — although it can be a better experience if you create groups and message several people at a time.

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Moving to another country is both exciting and challenging at the same time. If you follow the steps that other successful professionals have taken to set your move up, you will save yourself time, money, and headaches.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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