How to deal with stress when moving to Belgium

Moving abroad is no easy feat. Everyone has their own ways of dealing with stress, so we invite you to share some insights regarding this topic.

What are the main factors that contribute to stress when moving to Belgium (cultural adaptation, moving with family, administrative and bureaucratic issues, language differences, etc.)?

What activities would you recommend to help deal with this type of stress?

What are some techniques that have helped you deal with stress?

Is there a way to avoid being stressed out or anxious when moving to Belgium?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


Good morning Priscilla,

It is not more stressful to move to one country or the other. It's all about preparation and reflection.

It is necessary :
- Accept the fact that the other country does not work and will never work as your home country
- Open and talk with people. Because it's up to you to integrate. Not to others to adapt to you!
- Admit that there may be other traditions and ways of living than yours.
- Admit the potential risk of racial / religious / cultural discrimination ...
- Read as many documents as possible about the future country of expatriation.
- Take into account that if you go into a relationship, the most difficult integration will be for the spouse who does not work and will be stuck at home without anyone to talk to .. .
- Do not put children in a private school that groups expatriate children in a kind of ghetto. Because children have an ease of integration and adaptation that parents in 99% of cases are unable to imagine.
- Do not settle in a neighborhood with people from your country and / or other expatriates. Because again you risk locking yourself into a ghetto that will make it even more difficult for you to integrate locally.

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