HEALTH & WELLNESS ABROAD
Conditions related to change in surroundings or situation affects the health of many international travelers or individuals living outside their home country. Changes in the level of stress related to the new surroundings, educational pressures, changes in diet or environmental factors often lead to fatigue, headaches and stomachaches. This certainly applies to a student studying abroad.
The most successful methods of dealing with these issues are:
· Share your experiences with your home and/or destination organization or institution's counseling staff. They are committed to helping you make the most of this opportunity. They deal with these concerns daily and will have positive suggestions.
· Seek support and friendship. Those that are from your destination can help you acclimate more quickly and can help identify resources. Others that are studying abroad may help you realize that others are they are experiencing the same feelings or symptoms.
· If you are a student and have a health facility associated with your destination, use that resource first – They are more familiar with the concerns and conditions of internationals. If not, try and find a recommendation for a health care provider that has experience in treating international visitors and speaks your language.
· Make sure you get enough rest. The excitement and energy created by one’s urge to experience and explore new surroundings can cause one to overlook the body’s basic needs. Make the most of this new opportunity by getting enough sleep.
· Maintain contact with your support structure at home. Phone cards and the internet make it easy to stay in touch with your friends or family.