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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 to learn techniques for shutting out their environment and entering their own “mental” safe space, through practices such as meditation.
It can also be a good idea to take more control over the things that are within your control, like the positioning of your laptop and bags.
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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...
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...
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 pointle...
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...
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...
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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I don’t take myself seriously.
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There are things that we can’t do anything about, and that’s life, a game of luck and skill. The skill( and decision part) you can control, along with how you feel about it.
Things like losing one’s job, or having a family member who is sick, are out of our control, and it is no u...
It states that most external events are out of our control and the only thing we can control is our own thoughts and actions.
Self-control is a kind of mind muscle that if used continuously, tires out just like the physical counterpart.
Difficult days that rob our energy also sap us out of our willpower, make us psychologically weak and unable to resist the temptation to give up on our plan. We are more likel...
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