Probably the biggest misunderstanding about living in the present is that it is contradictory with preparing for the future – or learning from the past. Living in the present doesn’t have to mean living frivolously or carelessly. But you don’t have to be held hostage by the future or the past either.
Most people associate stress with unpleasant feelings like anxiety, hopelessness, panic, anger or disgust. The most well-known side of the stress system, responsible for these emotions, is the “threat system”. But there are 2 other systems that are just as crucial. The challenge is about balancing and learning to switch between them.
Expat life is filled with heart-warming, soul-touching, hilarious and exciting experiences. It’s an endeavour that can bring a deep sense of meaning to your life. However, you need some psychological tools. Because being an expat is also very challenging and can leave you with a fragile and vulnerable identity.