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Reconnecting in a connected world – how to step out of loneliness

In this article, we delve into the phenomenon of expat loneliness in Poland, exploring practical strategies and insights to help individuals step out of the loneliness hole and reconnect with their communities in this interconnected age. 

Living as an expat in a foreign land can be an exhilarating adventure, filled with new experiences, cultures and opportunities. However, amidst the excitement of exploring a new country, many expats often find themselves grappling with feelings of isolation and loneliness. In today’s hyper-connected world, where technology enables instant communication across oceans, one might assume that loneliness would be a thing of the past. Yet, paradoxically, it seems to pervade the lives of many expats, leaving them yearning for meaningful connections and a sense of belonging.

In a recent survey I conducted, 60% of expats felt that their physical and mental well-being is worse after moving to Poland. This is similar to what I hear from patients I work with. So here is what we can do to remedy this situation:

Join Expat Communities: Seek out expat communities in Poland through online platforms, social media groups or local expat meetups. Engaging with fellow expats who understand the challenges of living abroad can provide valuable support, companionship and a sense of belonging. I find that expats are actively looking to socialize and meet like-minded people.

Learn the Language: Taking language classes or engaging in language exchange programs can help expats break down communication barriers and foster connections with locals. Being able to converse in Polish not only facilitates day-to-day interactions but also opens doors to deeper cultural immersion and meaningful relationships.

Pursue Hobbies and Interests: Join clubs, classes or hobby groups related to your interests. Whether it’s sports, art, music, or cooking, pursuing activities you enjoy can provide a sense of purpose, opportunities to meet like-minded individuals, and a break from feelings of isolation.

Seek Professional Support: If feelings of loneliness persist, consider seeking support from a therapist, counselor or mental health professional. Therapy can offer a safe space to explore and address underlying emotions, develop coping strategies and build resilience in navigating the challenges of expat life.

By actively engaging with the local community, fostering meaningful connections and prioritizing self-care, expats in Poland can take proactive steps towards alleviating loneliness and cultivating a fulfilling expat experience.

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