For many students, arriving in a new country to study abroad is an exciting time full of new people and experiences. It can also be quite challenging to adjust to life in a new location where you don’t know anyone or speak the language well. While at home, students have friends, family and professional support systems for coping with mental health obstacles. These support systems may be more limited while abroad.
Additionally, mental health conditions that are mild, dormant, or well-controlled in your usual environment may be exacerbated abroad and may require additional planning and attention. Here are some tips to help manage your health and well-being:
- Get plenty of sleep and exercise and maintain a healthy diet
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Engage in your community through volunteer work, sports, or local clubs
- Reach out to IPS or host university staff when you need help
- What are some coping strategies or techniques that I can employ that would help me in transitioning to living in a new country and culture?
- How transparent am I willing to be with support staff or instructors in my host country regarding my mental health?
- What support or resources does my study abroad partner program or host university have for students (counseling and mental health professionals on staff, - contacts in the local community, group therapy options for students, etc.)?
GoOverseas - How to Deal With Depression While Studying Abroad
Calm.com - Mindfulness and meditation resources online
How to Manage Stress and Stay Mentally Healthy During Study Abroad
5 Tips for Studying Abroad with a Mental Illness
Peaks and Lows: How to Overcome Culture Shock