Mental Health and Wellbeing amidst Relocation

Mental Health Relocation
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By Angelique Rademeyer

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” ― Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

All too often these days we hear the words RELOCATION, EMIGRATION, IMMIGRATION. This has certainly been amplified by the global Covid-19 pandemic, with friends and family situated around the globe. Which in turn has also led to more of a gig working economy, where for some of us, we are able to relocate, live and work in different locations. However, have you ever stopped and thought about the emotional impact which relocation may have on you and your family?

Relocation is really tough – both logistically and emotionally. The way that we leave a place can contribute to our overall contentment and sense of connection, leaving us with a positive sense of closure and readiness to embark on the next chapter of our lives. Or, it can leave us with guilt, regret, unresolved grief and damaged relationships, which often get in the way of a positive start in your new place.

All too often I have seen families in the process of emigration (myself included), focus primarily on the logistics and practical elements thereof, however we forget about the emotional impact it has not only on us as an individual but on our partners’, children, friends and family. 

When our decision was made to officially leave South Africa to England, I did not anticipate the struggles I would have when officially emigrating as a family of 4 with 2 young children. Finding work to advance in my career, building genuine friendships, feeling at home in a foreign landscape and culture, staying connected with family and friends back home, and knowing how my relocation fitted into my bigger personal and professional goals, all proved to be more challenging than I ever imagined.

Therefore, together with my own personal experiences as well as my professional background in psychology, I have a very special place in my heart to see families as well as individuals thrive in their new found home and maintain a healthy sense of self. 

As such, please journey with me as I provide some useful resources and food for thought as we journey along this path called relocation, whilst focusing on you Mental Health & Wellbeing.

Should you want to just chat and obtain some insight into the emotional challenges of relocation, then please drop me a message at [email protected]