21 Jun 2024
Expat Support
Community Expat Support General Counselling

Expats and Mental Health: The ‘Trailing Spouse’

If ever there was a description less befitting the hard work of a partner accompanying their loved on a foreign adventure it has to be the ‘trailing spouse’. YLC’s mental health expert Lysanne Sizoo explores the stereotypes and the reality. Many couples who move away from their home country express that it was a joint […]

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Community Expat Support General Counselling

Expats and Mental Health: Pitch Im-perfect

When we bring our Inner Perfectionist with us on our foreign adventures we may find that she or he is a more of a hindrance than a help. Our expat health specialist Lysanne Sizoo helps you to chill out. What I call the inner Perfectionist is that part of you that is always telling you […]

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Expats and Mental Health: Two Scoops of Culture Shock

Ever feel like the sore thumb in Sweden? This week, YLC’s mental health expert, Lysanne Sizoo, discusses the difficulties associated with simultaneously adjusting to another culture and a new work environment abroad. Photo: Lena Granefelt/imagebank.sweden.se So you’ve found a job in Sweden, made the move, and started work. Grattis! If everything is going swimmingly, then […]

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Parenting +46: Dressing kids for Swedish winters

Getting cold feet as temperatures plummet and the kids want to make snow angels in sandals? No worries, YLC’s got your winter wardrobe woes covered – booties, bags and beanies! If you’ve been in Sweden for a while, you may find yourself well aware of what winter is like, but still overwhelmed by the daunting task […]

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Learning Swedish: Public or Private?

You pratar lite svenska, you wear skinny jeans and drink coffee from 7-Eleven. Why do you still feel like the protagonist in Where’s Wally? YLC’s Kirsten Smart has one answer on how to get into the beanie-covered heads of the Swedes.  Mikko Nikkinen/imagebank.sweden.se So you’ve decided to learn Swedish. Hurra! The next step is deciding […]

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Expat Support General Counselling

Expats and mental health: YOUR questions answered

As an expat, deciding to make the move back home can often be harder than the original emigration. This week YLC’s mental health adviser, Lysanne Sizoo, answers a reader’s enquiry on the unforeseen difficulties of saying hej då to Sweden. Whether it was love, work, or studies that brought you to Sweden, when these come to a natural […]

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Expat Support: Fika with Mumm

It’s a noun, it’s a verb and it’s synonymous with a great many things. That’s right, we’re talking about fika! Want to join?

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Community Expat Support General Counselling

Expats and Mental Health: Why Identities Change Abroad

This week YLC’s mental health expert Lysanne Sizoo discusses how our sense of identity is challenged when we move to another country… and how we can use it to our advantage. Photo: Marko Kudjerski/Flickr (file) Have you noticed that the way in which you introduce yourself to others has changed since you moved abroad? Where before […]

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Community Expat Support General Counselling

Expats and mental health: YOUR questions answered

A dilemma all expats have to face at some time: saying goodbye

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Expats and mental health: The ‘Second Day Blues’

This week, Lysanne Sizoo explores why many couples experience the ‘second day blues’, when one half returns weary from a trip abroad only to be faced with disgruntled grumbles and a list of chores.   My father was naval officer and my mother a very independent and self-sufficient naval officer’s wife. She told me, “When your […]

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