September 04, 2020

What happens to stress and anxiety without the usual outlets?

Something really difficult I've been working through over the past year and a half is how to cope with stress and anxiety as a new expat, without a local support network and, in a year of civil unrest and Covid, an inconsistent routine and constantly changing access to resources and community gathering spaces like gyms and restaurants. It's been really hard! I've also been thinking a lot about what the near-ish future could look like—on a personal level. The circumstances of 2020 have changed my perspective on a lot of things I used to take for granted, and I've been trying to answer three questions about myself, which I think will help me find my path forward.

  1. What makes me happy?
  2. What am I good at?
  3. What have I failed at?