15 major moves.
Every decade of my life.
Not all have been healthy. I get better at moving in a healthy and happy way with each relocation.
And it makes all the difference to the overall success of the move!
Check out this 22 minute interview with Emmy Petersson on Expat TV.
We chat about how I came to combine my interest in health with relocation, some of the mistakes I see fellow expats (and myself) make, and my top tips to help people stay healthy in body and mind when they move.
A summary of what we talked about, should you prefer to read.
Why your interest in health and relocation?
The week before I turned 40 I had an unknown ovarian cyst burst at a very inopportune time, at the start of a 4-day trek in the NZ mountains. In the weeks that followed, it helped me answer other health concerns I’d been having for many years, including migraines and fatigue. I found the time I was willing to invest in solving my health challenges was much greater than any doctor could offer.
I decided to turn my passion in health and wellness into a career, and became certified as a Health Coach, so I could help others boost their health too. It’s a wonderfully fulfilling role!
With the move to Tonga a few years ago, and lots of people asking how I’d settled in so quickly and easily, I paired my health training with my considerable personal relocation experience to become a Relocation Health Coach.
I now help people around the world settle into new locations in a healthy and happy way.
What mistakes do you see many expats make?
- not giving it a go, ‘miss-pats’
- not being open to doing things a different way, as ‘but it SHOULD be like this‘ doesn’t change anything
- not giving it time – it can take months or even years to settle in, just do your best to enjoy as much of the relocation rollercoaster as possible
- not preparing for emotional ups and downs, such as having a happy list to refer to, when being happy is the last thing on your mind
What are your best tips for people to stay healthy in body and mind when they move?
- move your body, preferably outside
- get plenty of down time
- create your own comfort zone
- be amongst people, such as at a cafe or gym, until you have the chance to build relationships
- aim for good nutrition and drinking lots of water
What’s worked for you? I’d love to hear your insights below!
Note: this course is free only until 28 April 2016.
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