Dealing With Depression While In A Different Country

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This is it! You’ve finally received your student visa and ready to embark on a new journey of your life towards seeking independence and establishing your own identity in another country. But there is one thing that is holding you back….what if I can’t make it? What if my depression will make things worse? This article will help you go through in dealing with your depression while continuing your studies abroad.

Plan And Prepare

The first thing that you should do is to assess everything if you are ready to undertake this change. This is a life-changing situation and whatever decision you will make will certainly affect your future. Should you wish to continue? It is best to seek advice from your mental health provider. Take for example the case of Tom.

When I learned that my application to Rome Business School was accepted, I immediately consulted my doctor and discussed with him my concerns about my depression while being abroad.

Tom, has been diagnosed with depression and has been taking medications and attending therapies to manage it. He decided to pursue a Masters degree abroad not only to gain novel experience but also as a chance to handle and manage his depression.

He consulted this with his psychologist who agreed with his plan. Together, they discussed several areas in relation to dealing with possibilities that he might get depressed. His psychologist offered information on medical networks where he can consult for urgent situations.

He was also provided with enough medications to last for 3 months and a prescription with international equivalents in case they have a different brand name in Rome. Tom was also instructed to be on guard on what are his triggers for depression to set in and was given directions on what to do in case such events will happen. All of these were laid out to Tom and he now feels ready and capable to continue with his plan.

Upon Arrival And Arranging Your Stay

Setting up your own apartment or student residence can be quite tasking especially in a new setting. Familiarizing yourself with the place, your neighborhood, your school, the people and many things can be exhausting and can lead to frustration or anxiety. This can be a trigger factor for depression to set in.

Take time and allow yourself to learn each day. Don’t rush things. Enjoy being a tourist and visit famous places. This will take away your mind from the chaos.

Inform your student abroad advisor or coordinator regarding about your mental state. They know the primary resources and services that you can ask for help.

In school, look for their mental health support or visit any health and wellness center where they can help you with your depression.

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Continuing Days

The succeeding months will leave you homesick and be missing everybody back home terribly. Again, this can lead to an exacerbation of depression and can even contribute to the reason for discontinuing your studies.

Krystine Batcho, PhD, said, “The more different from home the new location is, the greater the likelihood of missing home.”

It is understandable to feel this way, and we have the compounded the solutions to combat this problem:

Always keep in touch. It’s just very convenient to communicate nowadays. Skype call, Face time, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and many other social media apps are available to keep abreast with everyone anywhere in the world. The internet and digital technology have made this easier for us. That’s why it’s like you’ve never left in the first place.

Attend social functions and activities if you are invited. Aside from making new connections, you will also have the chance to discover new thing and learn a new culture. “Having solid friendships is important for both our physical health and emotional well-being,” said Irene S. Levine, PhD.

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Surround yourself with inspiration. Motivational quotes hanging on your walls reminding you of success and fulfillment after you are finished with your task. They will surely put you on the right track. Read books about your favorite person. Their trials, hardships and how they overcome those can be your source of inspiration.

Journal your way to finishing this chapter in your life. Why not? You may even start writing a bestseller. Hence, write a chronological report describing all your experience while studying abroad. “Through your writing you’ll discover that your journal is an all-accepting, nonjudgmental friend,” wrote Maud Purcell, LCSW, CEAP.

Lastly, incorporate a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to include exercise in your schedule. Try a new sport or outdoor activity. Parties are forms of socializing but be very careful when drinking or being offered with alcohol.

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How To Quit Being A Loner

 

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There are a number of reasons for not interacting with people beyond what’s absolutely necessary. Perhaps you moved to a new city for work and never bothered to make new friends. Perhaps you’ve withdrawn from society for a while as the result of some trauma or period of depression. Or maybe you’re just not inclined to spend your time talking about things that seem trivial to you.

Still, strangers chat about the weather, sports and the price of bananas on a daily basis, usually feels just a little better afterward. It’s often not about the content of a conversation, but simply sharing a moment with someone else. Humans are social creatures, and we’re simply hardwired to want to be with our own kind.

“Loneliness acts as a signal telling you that you are not experiencing the amount of desired companionship or emotional support that you want and/or need,” wrote Jodie Eisner, PsyD.

However, if being alone has become an entrenched habit, it can be difficult to break the pattern. Just like physical objects, minds have momentum. We tend to keep doing the same things we already are. Past behavior is the best predictor of future actions. Getting out of a rut takes physical and mental effort. But if this is what you desire, the payoff can be well worth it.

Make a Commitment and Set Goals

People choose to break the cycle of solitude – which may or may not mean loneliness – for a variety of reasons. They may be looking for romantic love, start feeling that having a support network could benefit them, or just be bored.

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Whatever the underlying motivation, this should be reflected in declared goals that you intend to stick to. These should be realistic as well as definite, such as “I will invite people for a dinner party once a week,” or “I will go dating two Saturdays a month.”

“One way to overcome loneliness is to get active and around others. Think about what activities you enjoy or hobbies that you used to be involved in,” wrote Kristie Overstreet, Ph.D., LPCC, LMHC, LPC.

 

Start Small

Not everybody is cut out to be the life of the party, and not everybody wants to be. Some individual’s personal goals may involve no more than being a little more approachable at work and making eye contact with other passengers on a commuter train, and there’s nothing wrong with this.

In any case, baby steps can help to build a person’s confidence and allow them to gradually develop or rediscover their social skills. Trying to build Rome in a day is not only likely to fail, but can serve to remind a person of why they tend to avoid people in the first place.

Someone who is struggling with a real psychological condition, such as an anxiety disorder, is in a more difficult situation than most when trying to break free of loneliness. In this case, developing or broadening a social network requires more courage and energy, but it can still be done.

Several exercises can be performed to build up a person’s level of comfort when talking to strangers, while talk therapy or support groups offer additional routes to pursue. Eventually, when it’s discovered that even a bad interpersonal experience is rarely an actual disaster, further gains can be realized.

Use Activities as a Catalyst

Especially for people who by nature prefer their own company, trying to be with people who have nothing important to say to each other can seem pointless and excruciating. Doing things with strangers, on the other hand, can lend focus and context to the group.

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Whether your interests run to nature hikes, learning Russian or discussing Dan Brown novels, a little searching will most likely uncover a group of like-minded people close to where you live. When the object is to have fun or learn something rather than simply socializing, socializing follows almost inevitably.

 

Reach out Online

“We need ourselves, to find our own voices and activate our own ears. We will find connection in our disagreements as well as our shared interests, and we may well help to spread an epidemic of connection,” wrote Johanna Bond, LMHC.

Although digital connections aren’t equivalent to those made in the flesh, they do allow us to find people that share obscure interests or use the relative anonymity of the internet to open up more than we’re used to. Some care should be taken, though. A small percentage of people delight in insulting or otherwise degrading the digital personae of others. It’s also easy for some people to start seeing Facebook and other social media as a replacement for social activity rather than a supplementary form of it.

Avoid Bad People

This should go without saying, but lonesomeness or a lack of affection in someone’s life can often lead to the formation of friendships or relationships that are basically not healthy. A person who’s selfish, unstable or has the qualities of a narcissist should be avoided at all cost, even if they’re metaphorically speaking the last person left on earth. Certainly, friendship should never cost one party money.

 

It should be realized that being alone can be completely satisfying for introverts, while some people will feel lonely even though they interact with dozens of people every day. What is important is not how society and family thinks a person should live their lives, but what is more likely to make them happy.

Often, it is not the quantity and type of conversations a person has that make the difference, but rather the quality of the people they surround themselves with. Adding a horde of acquaintances with whom you have little in common with and little to say to may be good practice for the future, but is not very likely to improve a person’s quality of life right now.

 

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Things They Don’t Tell You About Studying Abroad

 

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If you’re interested to study abroad, especially if you’ve never flown outside your country, you’re most likely curious about the sides to it that aren’t really talked about so much.

Why?

When people are promoting and selling exchange and study abroad programs, they are determined to put their best foot forward. That does not always mean good things from the perspective of the student.

They will not make it clear to you at first glance the difficulties you will encounter, and how these challenges would impact your overall experience. We asked someone to tell us a few things she learned that no one told her about prior to studying abroad, and here they are:

Language

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For students who are going to places where English is not the primary mode of instruction, learning their local language is more important than people realize. In these areas, schools might be offering classes taught in English, but the choices are likely very limited.

Taking classes in English in countries such as these might also mean that the classes are usually simplified, as they cater to locals who want to improve their English-speaking skills as well. Hence, your expectation of what you’ll be learning won’t always be met.

It is possible, however, to get by with minimal knowledge of their language. However, knowing English is also a big plus in communicating with fellow international exchange students and meeting locals.

Workload

Speaking of fellow international exchange students, expect to have more free time abroad than in your home country, and that it would be mostly spent with these newfound friends.

A common train of thought in developing countries is that because developed countries have universities that rank higher than their local universities, the standard is higher and it may reflect in the difficulty of requirements and nature of the workload. But studying abroad, most of the time means taking a light study load and having more free time. Students are often surprised that they don’t feel as much stress from the workload as they expected. This may be caused by the culture of rigorous degree programs in the home country, while universities abroad may not share the same nature.


Practicality

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What’s a study abroad program without some traveling to discover things about the foreign land you’re in? When it comes to practical skills, packing is the one that should be absolutely on your side when studying abroad.

Aside from preparing well for your departure, this is especially true for people who decide to travel around during the weekends and eventually for their return to the home countries. You might be surprised at how much things you accumulated during your stay and there’s a chance you won’t get to bring a bunch home.

When it comes to food, your neighborhood will determine how well you eat and how much you’d be spending on it. Studying abroad means a tight budget and tight budget means being practical about your meals, which incurs the largest cost next to accommodations.

Get used to going back and forth from the supermarket, finding cheap eats, and striking a balance between satisfying your palate and not spending extravagantly during your stay. Bringing some comfort food from your home country also does a lot for your physical and emotional wellbeing. It’s extremely easy to get carried away with expenses, but a mobile application for tracking your finances really helps.

Loneliness

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This is the feeling that hits hard. We all know what loneliness is, but what does loneliness mean to a person studying abroad? It could mean missing home because they always had someone to take care of everything for them.

According to Carmen Garrison, M.S., LPC, “The experience of loneliness is commanding. It can overtake our ability to experience joy and connection with others.”

It could mean not having to talk to your friends because of time difference. In addition, it could mean spending holidays like Christmas away from your loved ones. It could also mean crying because they’re just so tired of having to figure everything out.

Studying abroad could mean missing family affection to someone who has never been separated from their family. Lastly, it could mean anxiety for no direct reason coming to mind.

“One way to overcome loneliness is to get active and around others. Think about what activities you enjoy or hobbies that you used to be involved in,” said Kristie Overstreet Ph.D., LPCC, LMHC, LPC.

Keep going

Loneliness comes in many forms, but remedies come in even more. The adjusting period is a lot shorter than people would think. You are bound to find someone you can relate to. You’re going to appreciate the place you’re in more and more, the longer you stay there.

Most importantly, the thought that you are experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity should give you the most comfort to make the most out of it. Don’t stop experiencing life. Chase your dreams.

“If you have doubts about your worthiness when it comes to career or relationships, you need to take a long look into your internal mirror,” wrote Barton Goldsmith, PhD. “Remember: You deserve happiness.”

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Reasons To Start Dating Only After College

 

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Have your parents set any rule of when you should start dating?

You can consider yourself lucky in case your folks are quite open-minded and have always been cool with letting you go out on dates ever since hitting your teens. They allow you to experience falling in and out of love, which can toughen you up in time. Their action also shows that they have complete trust in your decision-making skills.

Regardless of that, many millennials enter the dating scene only after getting their college degree. Why, pray-tell?

 

  1. You Know Yourself Well By Then

On your first year in the university, there’s a high chance that you are just as lost as your peers. You probably still do not have any perspective on what you want to do in the future. The courses you are taking may also be the outcome of asking your friends for suggestions. Hence, you cannot honestly trust your guts to point you to the one¸ can you?

As you grow older and wiser in college, however, you get to develop parts of yourself that make you unique. By the time you can say, “Yes, this is me,” you may have already finished your thesis and are looking for a job.

 

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  1. It is Effortless To Meet Real Men And Women

Social media trained most of us to think that college is equivalent to gaining freedom to drink and party until you drop and have sex with whomever you please. Some TV shows also highlight those activities and give little attention to studying. For that reason, it is rare to come across someone in the institution these days who is mature enough to want more than a one-night stand with you.

Outside of the school premises, fortunately, you have a better shot at meeting the opposite of frat boys and sorority girls. Though they may have acted like that once upon a time, the real world has ideally positively changed their views. What’s more is that young professionals come by the dozen, so you are free to choose from a wide selection of people.

 

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  1. You Get To Enjoy College Life To The Max

Being admitted toa prestigious academe is a privilege that plenty of individuals wish to have. The fact that you can do that to achieve your goals in the future should help you see that there’s more to college than dating.

For instance, you may join an educational club where your colleagues in the same department are also its members. Enter a sorority or fraternity too, why not, as long as you are confident that their goals there don’t merely involve the nasties. Besides, you surely have access to a library full of books that are just waiting for students like you to open them.

 

Dating while you are in college, of course, is not the worst decision in life. Many married couples started going out when they were still students too, and their relationship could not get any better. Despite that, you have to weigh in your options before saying that dating after college is for you or not.

Good luck!

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Questions To Ask Before Considering Marriage While Studying

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Do you honestly believe that you already found your soulmate at the university or college that you are attending now?

In all fairness, that does not come as shocking news to us. Although it may sound airy-fairy to some, especially to the conservative folks, it indeed isn’t a fictional thought. You can meet your special someone while still studying, in reality. You can commit to a serious relationship with this individual and even dive into marriage months or years before getting your college diploma.

Nonetheless, not because we say that you can do all of that, it means that you should trail after that path. Ask yourself the questions below before you consider cutting your engagement short and getting married early.

 

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  1. Can We Handle Our Expenses Together?

Tying the knot with someone entails that your household and food bills will practically double. It will not be an issue if your spouse has a steady source of income or either of you inherited millions of dollars from your ancestors, for sure. If you are both students who still depend on others for matriculation and other expenses, however, thinking of marriage too soon may not be smart. After all, financial issues can play a role in lasting marriages.

“[Low-income couples] don’t say, ‘If only we had more skills training and better communication,'” said social psychologist Benjamin Karney, PhD. “What they say is, ‘If only we had better jobs, more money, more health care, more child care, more time to spend together.'”

 

  1. Will My Decision Jeopardize My Financial Aid?

Assuming you have a scholarship now, you should know beforehand whether your educational sponsor accepts married people on board or not. Everything will turn out well if the organization does not mind it at all.

In case they scrap your scholarship because of that, though, are you cool with looking for another grant provider?

 

  1. Am I OK With Missing Out On Some College Experiences?

Being married may mean that there are specific collegiate activities that your husband or wife may not want you to attend. For instance, drinking parties, out-of-town seminars, et cetera. You have to be confident at this point that you will not sulk in case that happens.

 

  1. Can I Look After My Education And Spouse At Once?

Studying and marriage are no different to having two full-time jobs. You need to be genuinely great at multitasking to ensure that you give your 100% to both matters. Otherwise, one of them will suffer.

 

  1. Should I Still Move Forward Even If My Parents Refuse To Offer Their Blessings?

“Millennials today entering marriage are much more aware of what they need to be happy in a relationship,” said Wyatt Fisher, PsyD. “They desire equality in overall workload and chores, and they desire both spouses having a voice and sharing power.”

While parents of millennials have pretty lax rules these days, you cannot take it against them if they say no to your marriage. It may be because they want to get to know your future spouse first or they wish for you to complete your degree before that. Nonetheless, it is up to you to obey or disobey your parents.

 

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To Sum It Up

You may go ahead if: 1) you can start a family without asking for financial help from your parents, and 2) you genuinely feel deep in your gut that you will not regret doing it while you are still finishing your education.

In case answering the questions above gives you the heebie-jeebies, though, you should consider retracting your decision to resume the preparations.

“Waiting [until] later can mean that individuals have a more established individual adult identity prior to marriage,” said Rebekah Montgomery, PhD. “It also offers many strengths, including typically more financial stability, professional success, emotional development, and self-awareness.”

Remember, a woman who loves you for real can wait until you are ready for marriage. If she leaves as soon as you try to postpone the wedding, it is a sign that you selected the best option for yourself. If she stays, however, then you may have indeed found your soulmate.

Just be wise about life, Mr. or Ms. Scholar, and take marriage as seriously as a heart attack.

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How To Balance Your Studies And Relationship

 

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At what year level did you have your first boyfriend or girlfriend?

It is okay to spill the beans now. The society mostly keeps an open mind about it and may not frown upon you even if you admit to starting dating at seventh or eighth grade. Your parents may probably not scold you for doing so because the experience can ideally strengthen your spirit.

The only time the elders may veto the thought is if your exam results come back with meager or failing grades. No matter what alibi you offer, they will likely assume that it occurred because you spent more time with your love interest than with your books. Hence, the parents may put their foot down against dating.

To escape that possibility, you need to start learning how to balance your studies and relationship.

 

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  1. Design Your Timetable

For starters, you need to create a daily or weekly schedule of activities. Outline there the stuff you have to do during the morning, lunchtime, afternoon, and after-school hours.

“The aim of good time management is to achieve the lifestyle balance you want,” said Emma Donaldson-Feilder, MSc.

Of course, it is vital to be very objective when making this timetable. You can add extra time for studying, especially when your teacher or professor gave you tons of work recently. Meeting the boyfriend or girlfriend can – and should – wait until, say, the exams are over.

  1. Study Together

In case you do not want to be apart for so long, one alternative to the first option is to become each other’s study buddy. When you go to the part on the weekends, for example, you may bring the books with you. While you are on a school break, one may visit the other’s house to catch up with the lessons for the next academic year.

The thing is, parents will like to see that their sons and daughters have great influencers around them. Once they realize that you encourage your beloved to study rather than keep him or her away from it, you may never hear a squeak of protest from them.

  1. Talk About Plans

Regardless of how old you and your darling are, you can have a mature conversation and speak of your priorities individually. As easy as it may be to get lost in their eyes, you need to maintain a straight head to avoid losing your grip on education.

Remember that a person with fantastic intentions on you will not ever say anything against your goals even if studying may be your initial priority at the moment. In fact, he or she may take a hint from your actions and do the same thing. Then you get to hone both your talents without breaking up.

“Knowing what you both want out of life and working together to make those dreams a reality will strengthen the bond in your marriage,” Meredith Hansen, PsyD, said

  1. Be Honest

It is silly to think that going out with your partner when you know there’s an entire book you need to read for the next day is okay since you can do the latter after midnight. At first, it may indeed be the case. However, once you always end up cramming to juggle your studies and relationship, your well-being might suffer.

Nicole Martinez, PsyD, LCPC, said, “Couples tend to be dishonest with each other for the same reasons that we are dishonest with anyone. We want to avoid conflict, punishment, or perceived unhappiness.”

You may avoid that circumstance by merely practicing honesty to yourself and the love of your life. Feel free to decline, for instance, to go on a date if you genuinely need to study. Admit that you have to focus on reviewing your previous lessons; otherwise, you might fail a class. This way, you will not stretch your physical and mental limits too thin.

 

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Having a relationship when you are still studying is incredible. Aside from your family, you have someone to motivate to be the best version of yourself. He or she cheers you up as well and may even help you study.

Only, you have to prove that balancing your studies and relationship is a piece of cake to you so that your loved ones will support you in both aspects too.

Cheers!

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Young Couple: Married In College

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I met my husband through his cousin when I was a college freshman. His cousin was in Honor’s Program like me, while my husband back then was in the last section. He wasn’t my type at all because I liked those tall dudes, guys who were over 6 feet with Chinese-American lineage. He is Filipino-American and not so tall. We’re about the same height, and I’m only 5’8’’. That’s why when we met, there were no sparks for me, and it was like – meh, regular guy. Well, this “regular guy” pursued me, and after a few months, we became the hottest item in our batch.

 

The relationship became serious after a year of going out exclusively. My grandmother passed away, and Paul was there for me all throughout my pain and suffering. You could say I fell in love with him for his many good qualities and it made us close. This closeness grew physical, and six months short of graduation, I became pregnant.

 

The Tough Decisions

We got married and decided to play husband and wife – father and mother. I was on a scholarship that’s why I was able to study college. He, on the other hand, acquired a student loan in partial. Half of his school expenses were given by his parents and grandparents. We both had to do part-time work due to basic needs. Let me tell you this – life is so tough when you are still in college, married, pregnant, working part-time and all. IT IS NOT A JOKE. I always tell my friends and younger cousins, if you can control it, don’t get pregnant in college. As for young marriage, it is quite a challenge.

 

Are There Regrets?

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Oh, no. No regrets, whatsoever. I wouldn’t be who I am today if I didn’t experience the things I went through when I was younger. We’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, and we asked ourselves, if not with regrets, were there things that we would have done differently but still ended up being together? My husband smiled and said, if we changed just a little bit from our past, there would be a ripple effect. This effect may be the cause of our separation. We stopped thinking about the “what if” and pushed on to moving forward.

 

Our Experiences

We experienced maxing out our cards and had $5 in our pockets with a baby crying – no formula. I learned how to clip coupons and use rewards apps for extra discounts. My husband had to study diligently and go to school for 6 hours a day while he was working two jobs daily for a total of 6 hours, as well. That’s a total of 12 hours a day, four times a week. Not everyone can do that. We almost lost our apartment because our rent was delayed for two months. But with that, I became a negotiator. I negotiated with my landlady and provided my services in exchange for rent. She had a 2-year-old little angel, and I would babysit for her at night while she went to her other job.

 

The Life

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Our life for the past eight years is full of highs and lows. If there was one thing that marrying young while in school taught me, it was the sacrifice. I had to make the necessary sacrifices for our lives to work out. We didn’t eat out for a year. I taught myself to cook, and he became a responsible person in a snap. Do you know how stressful that was for 22-year-olds like us? The road was so difficult to pursue, and there were days when we almost called it quits. Luckily, we made it. We held each other and carried on with our lives. He graduated on time, while I followed a year after, and it worked out well for us. In the end, it was about perseverance, sacrifice, and love. Always, love.

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How To Keep A Long Distance Relationship While Studying Abroad

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Getting the chance to study abroad is a great opportunity, but it can be taxing on your relationships. Luckily, modern technology effortlessly bridges the distance between long-distance couples. If you follow these tips, you’ve got a good chance that your relationship will go the distance.

Plan Your Visits

One of the cool things about having a partner far away is that you have a reason to visit a nice foreign place together. Look out for airline sales and plan if you’re on a budget. You can also make a list of places that are reserved for visiting with your partner.

“Take some time with your partner and negotiate how often and what modality you want to use to connect,” said Catalina Lawsin, PhD.

Trust Each Other

Trust is essential in any relationship, but more so with long distance. You have to face the fact that you both will be interacting with many different people throughout the day, so you just have to trust that the other person won’t do anything inappropriate. Being stressed about not seeing each other will only make this situation worse, so enjoy the space you have and don’t smother each other!

“You have to be able to trust the person, or it’s not going to be a happy, healthy experience,” Antonia Hall, MPsych, said.

Communicate As Much As You Can

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No matter how far apart you are, consistency in a relationship is vital. Set one day a week or one hour a day that you can talk on Skype or some other messaging app. Don’t be on your phones all the time though — give each other something to talk about when you do communicate.

“People in long-distance relationships must be way more intentional and industrious in doing the work that helps relationships thrive,” said Patrick Cheatham, PsyD.

Practice Patience And Understanding

The main thing about being apart is that you don’t have time to fuss over the small things that irritate you when you’re together. You wouldn’t want to waste your precious Skype sessions on petty things after all. Also, it may be doubly frustrating to fight over the phone or text since you don’t get to see their reactions and facial expressions in real time, so try to hold off any big arguments until you can meet face to face. By that time, you may have even forgotten what got you so upset.

Make Technology Work For You

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There are so many ways to communicate nowadays, so there is no reason for you not to touch base once in a while. It doesn’t take much to send them a “good morning” text, which is why you need to do it every day. Another way is by sending photos and videos. If you see anything exciting or eat somewhere lovely, snap a picture and share! It lets the other person know that you’re okay and enjoying yourself, but are still thinking of them.

 

Maintain Shared Interests

Couples need to have things in common regularly. This ensures that they remain invested in the relationship, even if their partner is temporarily far away. For instance, there’s a new movie out that you’re both interested to see, go ahead and watch it, then talk about it during one of your catch-up sessions.

 

Continue To Be Spontaneous

Try to have fun even if you’re not physically together. Nothing is more unattractive than a depressed person. Also, you can surprise them by sending little care packages or flowers when they least expect it. It keeps the spark alive without continually being there.

 

Relationships can work despite the distance. Couples just have to be open to unusual ways of communicating and showing their love through technological means.

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Travel With A Purpose: Reasons To Travel Abroad

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Traveling abroad is one of the most beautiful gifts anyone can give themselves. Because not only it does provide exploration, it also allows learning and experiences. There is so much to do when traveling that exceeds people’s expectations and reality. All can agree that there are so many things available to do that do not entirely require stress and mental breakdown.

Learning Different Cultures And Norms

The primary advantage of traveling abroad is learning about different cultures. There is so much the world has to offer. And when people get up close to the things that perhaps amaze them, everything becomes all worth it. Yes, traveling can be very exhausting and somehow might cause financial imbalance. But the overall experience is priceless. There is a chance to visit unknown places. Others can show what it feels like to live in an area where there are so many discoveries that await. For example, knowing the place’s history and what makes it different from the other countries around the globe. People can try experiencing the best of their activities and become part of their culture.

Meeting New People

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Traveling abroad not only brings an opportunity to make unique and fulfilling friendships around the world. It can be a perfect time to meet and bond with different people as well. These newfound individuals can also take someone more in-depth into their personal development. Due to other people’s perspective, one can become open-minded to stuff that requires attention. There is a chance of understanding other people’s nature. These include the way they live, work, and have fun. By spending time with others, people become less judgmental. With that, more understanding and accepting towards others will fill individuals with added love than hate.

Supporting Wellness And Life Balance

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When people travel abroad, there is enrichment in life. It supports an emotional and mental growth that no can ever take away. Traveling is a foundation of learning through experience. It serves as individuals’ reason to appreciate, value, and care for all the creations visible with the naked eye and beyond understanding. Aside from that, it allows people to share different stories with others. It encourages everybody to explore and go on in the adventure, whether alone, with family, or friends. It counts achievements and task completion. It becomes everybody’s sweet escape to some of the harshness of the realities of the world. It serves as a comforting activity that promotes overall wellness.

It Is All That Matters

Every real adventure is possible with traveling abroad because it supports a broader perspective. There is so much that people can discover not only in others but also within themselves. Traveling is the most desirable practice to release the stress, anxiety, and depression that one feels. It is a great way to reach out for strength and inner power. It sustains emotional and psychological balance as well. That is especially for those individuals who happen to feel confused about their purpose in life. So don’t waste time. Travel, and live life to the fullest.

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Stop Studying Hard And Start Studying Smart

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When you are a student, there is nothing more compelling than to know you can always be better at everything. The truth is, there is no limit on what you can do. That is mainly in trying so hard to accomplish a goal. By all means, you get to picture yourself studying hours and hours solely to get the right process of educational engagement you need.

But do you genuinely have to work hard for your achievements? Do you entirely need to sacrifice a lot of things only be able to give your best in studies? Well, a lot of people believe that hard work is the key essential to achieving one’s goal. However, most times, that is not the case.

“If you want better grades, you need more effective study habits,” wrote John M. Grohol, PsyD.

The Difference In Approach

Studying hard requires you to spend extended hours of learning and reviewing notes. Not to mention the compilation of different subjects and their specific topics you need to understand.

When you study hard, you get bombarded with sorts of information all at once. It negatively impacts your mental state because there is a tendency that you will never maintain the right attitude towards learning in bulk.

The truth is, even if you spend a lot of hours repeatedly trying to review and study different topics, there is no way you can retain all the information in your head. With that, you will lose the interests of studying because you will feel forced. There will be no motivation that will drive you to excitement and enthusiasm, as well. That is because reading the entire day does not guarantee the brain’s full potential to pay attention. You are not helping yourself to get better mental balance.

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On the other hand, when you study smart, you will create a process. It includes the right amount of time you need to study, and the specific topics you need to prioritize. The two things will go on the stage where you will use a percentage of clarity studying technique. Meaning, you will focus on a topic that will keep you hanging. Yes, you will also have to read and review notes. However, there is no forcing of the cognitive function to understand whatever it is that you are studying.

“Repeated short training sessions, spaced in time, engage multiple sets of synapses. It’s as if your brain is working at full power,” said Gary Lynch, PhD.

“Every time you leave a little space, you forget a bit of the information, and then you kind of relearn it,” added cognitive psychologist Yana Weinstein, PhD. “That forgetting actually helps you to strengthen the memory.”

When there is no pressure in the mental state, your brain will process the incomplete information in your head. So when you get back to studying, there is retention of information and ideas in your mind. These include different examples and sub-concepts.

Take Away

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A student like you often spends the entire day trying to go over one single topic. There are times it might be helpful. However, it usually gives you a mental block. That is because you do not only limit yourself to think through better ideas, but you also force it to stick to what it needs to know. Take time to consider studying with more examples and never allow yourself to get stuck on topics that are only academically available. Try it and see the results.

 

 

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