Self Care Strategies: Staying Grounded After an International Move

Self Care Strategies: Staying Grounded After an International Move

Moving to another country is no joke. Even if that country is familiar, it’s still a major transition that rocks you to your core.

Moving back to Cayman meant starting my career, leaving my beloved friends, sister, niece and mum back in Victoria, moving into a house with 5 family members and a chihuahua, and having to rely on other people for transportation everywhere, everyday. To put it mildly: these past 4 months have been intense.

In the midst of all of this upheaval, adjustment, and busyness, I’ve found that prioritising self care has been VITAL for managing stress and avoiding burnout.

For me, self care takes the form of…

  • Listening to podcasts. This is a big one. I usually listen to a self-help podcast when getting ready for work in the mornings to set the tone for my day. Even if work is chaotic and stressful, knowing that I have intentionally invested in some self-love and self-reflection in the morning helps to keep me motivated and grounded. On my lunch breaks I tend to listen to more current events/political shows, as the local media in Cayman leaves much to be desired and is quite conservative (which I am not.) Some podcasts I have on heavy rotation are: The Lively Show, Good Life Project, Another Round,  and This American Life, among others. I’m always open to recommendations, so feel free to leave a comment and share your favourite shows!
  • Drinking a cup of tea and making a healthy breakfast each morning. Which, 90% of the time means a smoothie or oatmeal. Endlessly customisable, always delicious, and so good for my insides. Again, much like the podcast thing: I feel good knowing that I started my day off in a healthy way, even if I end up eating a bunch of jerk pork or chocolate later in the day (both very likely scenarios).
  • Standing on the balcony with my headphones in, listening to this song. I find it very comforting, and something about the music and the breeze feels like magic.
  • Journaling.
  • EXERCISE. Right now I’m focusing on running, with some bodyweight exercises thrown in for good measure. I also take circuit classes at the boxing gym sometimes, which are fun, challenging, and make me feel like a badass.
  • Going to the beach as often as I can.
  • Nightly phone conversations with loved ones in Victoria. Soul nourishing.
  • Experimenting with different homemade/natural skin and hair care concoctions. I think it’s really fun to mix up ingredients like honey, oats and lemon juice and slather them on my face, or soak my hair in coconut oil. I’m fascinated by learning about the healing properties of various plants, ingredients, and oils. Truthfully, I’ve been experiencing the worst skin of my life since moving back here and it’s been pretty frustrating and embarrassing. I don’t know what the exact cause(s) is/are… hormones, climate, stress, diet, products? While my skin may not be great for the time being, I still enjoy the process of creating and applying face masks and scrubs, even if I’m not seeing amazing results.

These are just a few habits I practice to keep myself feeling good. My external circumstances have changed drastically in the last few months, and I’ve realised just how important it is to stay centred if I want to stay sane. I’m aware that I’m in a privileged position to have the time and resources to prioritise these habits, and for that I am grateful!

Tell me, what are some of your fave self care strategies?

Light & Love,

Jess.

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