Stressful naman talaga ang buhay OFW abroad. Kahit nga dito sa ‘Pinas eh stressed to the max ka na, ano pa kaya kung nasa ibayong dagat ka, malayo sa pamilya at walang shoulder to cry on when you need it the most.
But not all negativity should stay that way. Contract workers need to cope with their new lifestyle: bagong lugar, bagong trabaho, bagong klima, bagong mga kasama. All these and many more will affect the way they see life, but it doesn’t need to be “nega”. Meron pa ring tips and tricks on how to overcome stressors.
1. MAGPAKATOTOO KA!
Be yourself. If you are a jolly person, radiate that million-peso attitude. Be the life of the party (or dorm/flat). If you are on the quiet side, hindi naman siguro tama na magmumukmok ka na lang sa isang tabi. Enjoy the opportunity God has given you.
2. DON’T BE SOMETHING THAT YOU’RE NOT
Oo, nasa ibang bansa ka, and chances are walang makakakilala sa ‘yo. But this doesn’t mean na ibang tao ka na compared to what you are sa ‘Pinas. If you’re single, then maybe it’s your chance to find the right partner in life. But if you’re married, stay married. Wala namang change of status clause sa marriage certificate, di ba?
3. FIND YOUR INNER PEACE
If you love reading, ask for directions to the nearest bookstore. Or if you love music, take time out to go to a record store or download (legally!) the latest album of your favorite artist. Grab a paper and draw, paint or write something about your experiences. Everything goes a long way, as they say.
4. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Mag spa ka naman or mag parlor kung day off mo. ‘Wag puro trabaho na lang palagi. Yes, you’re in a country to work, but you need to take a breather from the foreign grind at least once (or twice) a week. Take time to relax, pamper yourself and release the bad vibes.
5. USAP TA’YO!
Keep your line of communication with your loved ones in the Philippines OPEN and free of distractions. Allocate a day to contact them kahit ilang minutes or hours lang. It won’t hurt to say “hello” or “kamusta” kay nanay, bunso or kay sweetheart. For most (if not all) OFW abroad, this is the ultimate stress-buster!