How To Deal: The Points of Stress For Students Abroad


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The idea of studying abroad sounds exciting. The moment you fly halfway across the globe though, the giddy feeling shifts to stress and loneliness. It’s normal to feel this way especially when you’re still in the period of adjustment except when it is starting to take a toll on your mental health.

Life tip 101: Managing your stress levels is important. Having a calm and peaceful mind will allow you to spend your time more productively. That’s why we’re here to break down the causes and effects of your stress and help you find ways to overcome them!

1. Homesickness

Effect: You spend the night crying and packing things—ready to go home.

Rise up to the challenge: 

Call home ASAP. Chances are, your family and friends are missing you too. Tell them about how your day went. Talk about your kind roommate. Also, don’t be afraid to your struggles with them. Your parents would be happier to give you life advice and tips whether it’s about budgeting or chores. Always strive to keep open communication with your loved ones to ease both of your worries. Oh, surprise them with a snail with handwritten postcards and letters!

2. Budgeting Concerns

Effect: Whenever you have cash on hand, you always have the urge to spend it. You end up starving yourself after buying luxury items for your #OOTD. Oops!

Rise up to the challenge: 

Financial woes could really trigger your stress levels to the ceiling. It’s hard to be broke when you’re studying and when you’re abroad to boot! You’ve got books, fare, and tuition fees to pay for. Not to mention your daily allowance. Yikes.

Good news, it’s never too late to tone down your expenses and beef up your savings. You can follow the 50-30-20 budgeting rule. All you have to do is to split your allowance and allocate 50% to your needs, 30% to your wants, and the remaining 20% goes straight down to your savings. Know your priorities!

3. Culture Shock

Effect: You shapeshift into a caveman who avoids social interaction. 

Rise up to the challenge: 

Remember why you decided to study abroad in the first place. You wanted to meet new friends and widen your view about the world, right? Well, that won’t happen if you keep closing your doors to people. Learn the locals’ language to help you communicate with them. Take our word for it: it will be life-changing. Try adapting their way of life, too. It’s one way for you to appreciate their culture more. Here’s our detailed guide to help you overcome culture shock.

4. Living Alone

Effect: You panic about the idea of doing the laundry, cooking, and cleaning all by yourself!

Rise up to the challenge: 

Welcome to the adulting world! Pro-tip: If you will schedule your chores every week, doing the laundry, cooking, and cleaning will be light as a breeze. You don’t need to stress yourself doing them all at once if you know that Friday is Laundry Day, Saturday is General Cleaning Day, and Sunday is Meal Preparation Day where you can prep your meals in advance. 

On the other hand, if you have roommates, the better! You can go for the division of labor and apply the rotation scheme in attending to your chores. 

Studying abroad can make you happy, excited, frustrated, and scared all at the same time. It’s a roller coaster of emotions! It’s only fitting that you look after your mental health (no matter how busy you get) by keeping your stress levels in check.

Check out our Study Abroad section for more tips and guides on how to start your education journey abroad!

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