For many of Qatar’s residents – locals and expats alike – the beginning of September heralds a flight back to Doha and the end of summer vacation.
And for expats in particular, the period of re-adjustment after the flight back can be a tricky one. After weeks – or sometimes months – spent in the company of close family and friends, settling back in can be an emotional time.
Australian expat Kirsty Rice, author of popular blog 4 kids, 20 suitcases and a beagle, knows this feeling well. She’s been an expat for 13 years, and has lived in Doha for four of these.
In her blog post “Ten Tips To Get Rid Of The Re-Entry Blues” she imparts her personal tips on the best ways to deal with the transition.
Her suggestions include:
- Be grateful: “So maybe your current location isn’t your favourite, but things could be so much worse,” she writes. “Be thankful you didn’t accept that job offer in Syria, Libya, or maybe even Egypt. In comparison, your life is a breeze.”
- See more of the people you like: “There are so many people I’ve met here in Doha who I don’t see as much as I’d like to. This year I’m making the time. I’m inviting more people to dinner, arranging more coffees, getting more involved in groups.”
- De-clutter: “Have a good clean out of your wardrobes and cupboards. You’ll feel cleansed and organized.”
- Go local: “Immerse yourself in the local culture. Hit the souq, medina, market or city square. Join a local group, find a local to befriend.”
- Make a date: “Book a night at a hotel or a trip to the spa, give yourself something to look forward to. Arrange a babysitter. Give yourself a chance to unwind.”
What are your tips for settling back into Qatar life? Thoughts?
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