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Unlike the problems of burnout, stress, and disconnection in the corporate world, which are now relatively well understood, the mental health crises of digital nomads are relatively unexplored territory.
Digital nomad lifestyle is where you can escape the boring and pointless routine or commute, work, commute, sleep. No routine feels good, but but things get out of control easily.
While you don’t want to fall into the trap of over-scheduling your life, introducing some routine can help you feel like you are more in control of your time. A consistent morning ritual can be a great place to start.
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Living in “borrowed environments” in which many things are out of our control can leave us feeling like we don’t really have a safe haven when we need to escape from the world and be on our own. It can also work to rob us of a sense of agency within our own lives.
Digital nomads often need ...
One of the biggest mistakes that digital nomads make is to try and squeeze in too much. Many will try and cover twelve cities in the space of a month, while maintaining a full workload.
This exacerbates all the problems as you are never in one place long enough to establish new routines and...
The digital nomad lifestyle is often characterized as one that offers a better balance between work and leisure. Many people assume that it will be better for their mental health than remaining trapped in the mousetrap of a corporate 9-5 existence.
While the digital nomad lifestyle can cert...
Many digital nomads don’t talk about what is challenging them and assume that they are the only ones facing this challenge. It is not uncommon to think that there is something wrong with you that you can’t just be happy with your amazing life.
There is a bit of a stigma against digital noma...
Self-care routines are notoriously difficult to maintain when you are on the road, and you are living in environments over which you have little control.
Without steady access to a gym, your fitness routine might fall by the wayside. Same with your food intake and sleep.
One of the biggest causes of mental health issues in the modern world is constant, low-level anxiety caused by the pressures to “do it all”. These days we are all expected to excel professionally, to be perfect parents, and also play sports, be artistic, and much more.
These pressures trigg...
One of the biggest challenges for digital nomads can be loneliness. While you make friends on the road, these ephemeral friendships don’t tend to “fill the void” in the same way as being physically close to your nearest and dearest.
Moreover, depending on where you are in the world, you may...
There is no easy way to avoid these inevitable stressors that accompany the digital nomad lifestyle, but proper planning can make a big difference. Good health insurance, investing for the future, and creating a financial safety net in case something does go wrong can all help to lift some of thi...
It is important that digital nomads put effort into maintaining their long-term relationships back home to continue accessing that support network, and that they become more open to speaking out when they are struggling, rather than waiting to be asked.
Spending more time in individual plac...
If anything, mental health can be even more challenging for digital nomads because it is not an area that is yet well understood, and there is also a stigma against digital nomads complaining about their mental health when they have such an apparently charmed lifestyle.
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