Living as an expat comes with its share of linguistic challenges and hidden emotional struggles. It is important to understand the long-term impact of these unexpressed emotions, as they can lead to a cycle of feeling trapped and unable to escape. In this blog post, we provide a simple solution to avoid this situation and start navigating the challenges of learning French
The Weight of Unexpressed Emotions:
Bearing the burden of keeping unpleasant emotions to yourself can be overwhelming.
Over time, this emotional strain intensifies and perpetuates a cycle of fear, silence, withdrawal, and avoidance.
Expats often find themselves trapped in this cycle, with their fears growing stronger over time. Recognizing the harmful effects of unexpressed emotions is the first step towards breaking free from this self-imposed confinement.
Speak Up, Express Yourself:
Addressing and expressing negative emotions related to language barriers is crucial for personal growth and healing.
Here are two approaches to consider:
✔️ Share with a Trustworthy Confidant:
Find someone you trust, such as a fellow expat, a language partner, or a friend who understands the challenges of learning a new language. Openly confide in them about your anxieties, fears, and doubts. Express your genuine feelings, as this will help release the weight of your emotions and provide valuable insights and perspectives.
✔️ Therapeutic Writing:
If you’re not ready to discuss your emotions with someone or currently lack a confidant, try therapeutic writing. Grab a blank sheet of paper and let your thoughts flow freely.
Write about everything that comes to mind regarding the French language.
Reflect on what triggers your fears and when they emerge.
Write without holding back, as this practice can be cathartic, offering a sense of release and clarity.
You may discover new insights and patterns contributing to your emotional struggles.
You don’t have to face the challenges of expat life alone.
By speaking up and expressing yourself, either through open conversations or therapeutic writing, you give yourself the opportunity to break free from emotional confinement.
Remember, your emotions deserve acknowledgment and attention.
Through this process, you can navigate the language learning journey with greater resilience and find the liberation you seek.
Time to stop avoiding French?
My coaching program, “Focused program” (option Fluency goals) is designed to create a space where you can share your emotions around French and traumas and start building a new relationship with French.
Together we will work through your stress points and any struggles you may face while conversing in your Francophone environment.