Having lived and worked overseas in Europe and Asia, I know first hand
the challenges of navigating huge changes in your and your families lives.
As a mum, it often falls to you to ensure that everything is organised and everyone ok.
This means that you are often at the bottom of the priority list.
Living and working overseas can be an amazing experience;
different foods, cultures, languages, climate, landscapes, music and people
can make for stimulating and life-changing experiences.
Some of the highs of living overseas can include
seeing spectacular sights, meeting interesting people, learning a new language,
developing skills in planning and management that you never knew you had!
But some of the lows can at times feel debilitating…
If you are the ‘trailing spouse’ of a partner who has moved jobs overseas,
you might have had to have given up your own career,
or had to find new ways of working, to facilitate this move.
This can often lead to feelings of
resentment towards your partner * dissatisfaction in your new life
homesickness for family and friends * loneliness, anxiety or depression
Unforeseen circumstances can also occur such as
a loss, pregnancy or marital infidelity.