Digital Detox and Mental Health Awareness

Expat Coach Angie

 

Video

  • Why are we talking about digital detox retreats, and why doesn’t this seem very easy to do when you are a business owner?
  • I slowed down, and this helped me serve my clients better.
  • Cultural differences between US Americans and German-language speakers and how this shows in how we conduct business.

Start with a Digital Detox

  • Plan a Digital Detox. This one is not easy, as you end up losing contact with your family and friends back home, but it is well established that overuse of social media and technology has a high impact on stress levels. A digital detox weekend will help you regain focus and have time to think and reflect. I usually try to avoid social media for 24 hours over the weekend.
  • Implement a Daily Mission Walk. The focus here is not on high-impact training but rather on consistency. Go for a short walk and make it a staple of your daily routine. Motivate yourself with small missions such as taking the dog for a walk, recycling the glass bottles, getting bread or flowers, buying groceries without the car, and dropping a few items off at the local Brockenhaus (or Salvation Army).
  • Practice PMR. Work through Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) every day after lunch or before sleep. Start with videos you can find on YouTube or buy CDs and audio from Medical Doctors such as Dr. Beth Salcedo (English) or Dr. Stephan Frucht (German).
  • Meditate for five minutes a day. I recommend the Sadhguru app for starters. You can also start your day with a short morning meditation such as this one. I try to combine my first coffee with a short meditation.
  • Learn Active Meditation or Dance. I created this video to get you started, but there are many more detailed videos on how to do this. I’m teaching active meditation at the RockMeRetreat.
  • Start a Journal. Journalling is an excellent method to deal with your mind and emotions. If it feels like a lot of work, try a bullet journal first.
  • Join one of our Support Groups, such as the HireMeExpress Group, on Fridays. Having a support group to help through any transition is useful. With the current BANI world out there, I would advise you to build a fast support network and have a person you can trust and speak to about your challenges regularly.

Resources

Can I get Nutcracker Relief

Why Culture Shock Is Different Than Depression

 

Our Ten Commandments for the Global Mobility Manager



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