• Jen Knight

Expat Burnout: Why It Happens and How to Give Your Life a Reset


Many expat women I work with struggle with feelings of overwhelm, and this can quickly lead to burnout if it's not addressed sooner rather than later.


It is no surprise, really - burnout is that much quicker to sneak up on you when there's added pressure of a different culture, societal expectations, work stress, visa issues, and on and on.


Here I have three tips for you to try if you're feeling the burn:


Reset 1: Give yourself space


Burnout accelerates quickly when we don't give ourselves time to think or space to process what is going on in our lives. We let the stress and tasks pile up until we are buried under them and then we just react, jumping from one activity to the next haphazardly.


The first step is to intentionally PLAN time for true space and relaxation. Let yourself slow down and just be. I love to float in the pool, take a walk, or find a spot with a nice view and chill. The key though is to do these things without your phone or podcasts or other people. Just you.


I literally schedule time for this in my calendar and then honor it, even if it feels like there are a million more pressing things I should be doing. Ironically though, when you give yourself this kind of space, you end up being much more productive and focused when you do go to work!




Reset 2: Recommit to your WHY


When we are constantly focused on everyday tasks and are feeling overwhelmed by the ever-changing moving parts in our lives, it's hard to see and remember the bigger picture. Every action you take has a reason, but you want it to be intentional, not reactive.


What do you really want? What are your goals and reasons for doing what you do? Does your daily life reflect your priorities?


Get to the bottom of why you are doing what you're doing, and make changes and tweaks so you can be better aligned with your big why, your purpose, and your priorities in life. In that way it won't burn you out, it will only fuel your fire!


Reset 3: Enjoy the journey


A lot of times we get stuck focusing on some result we want in our lives, and thinking if only we could just get there then our lives would be better.


But recognize that it won't be better when you get there. There is no "better" out there. For it to be better when you get there, the journey TO there has to be better.


By releasing your attachment to the result, you can slow down and enjoy the journey you are on now. Give your attention and energy to the present, and do the work to make it better.



I am here to help you ♡


To learn more about how you can banish burnout and overwhelm to get the results you want in your life, book a free discovery session with me. We will work together to get clear about what you really want, determine what is holding you back, and identify powerful actions you can take to create your best life abroad. Book here: https://calendly.com/jenknight/free-session


About me


Hi, I'm Jen! I am a US expat and have lived abroad for six years, first in Shanghai and now in beautiful Thailand.


I always strive to learn, grow, and be the best version of myself, and I'm so grateful I get to spend my days working with amazing expat women like you:


Women who are smart and want to reach their goals, but need help overcoming stress, overwhelm, and other obstacles so they can create their best lives abroad.

©2020 by Jen Knight