Written by Thomas Wilkinson
CEO, AXA - Global Healthcare.
Missing friends and family is something we’re becoming all too used to at the moment. For expats though, it can be especially tough. Prior to lockdown, research by AXA – Global Healthcare* found that nearly half (48%) of expats who have felt isolated at some point, miss friends and family. In the current climate, facing lockdown thousands of miles from their support network, they are bound to be presented with a roster of all-new challenges.
Keeping in touch with friends and family is often vital to expat wellbeing, helping to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation. But this year, during Loneliness Awareness Week, it’s more important than ever to keep in contact with loved ones. So, if there’s one thing I would suggest to any expat, it would be to have a conversation with the people you value the most from back home.
We’re lucky to live in a world that’s more connected than ever before. Most of us are becoming a great deal more accustomed to video conferencing for work, but there’s also been a global surge during lockdown in the number of people using video calls to catch up with friends and family, meaning your usual catch-up phone call can feel even more personal. One video conferencing platform has actually revealed that it went from having just 10 million daily users in December to an astonishing 200 million in March. So, whether you’re in China, Australia, England or Brazil, it’s never been easier to keep in touch while you’re abroad.