Would it be fair to assume that if you’re reading this, you may perhaps be considering the possibility of embarking upon a new and exciting adventure? Or it might be the case that you have already had the pleasure of experiencing a profound and death-defying leap into the unknown, such as moving abroad to teach English? Either way, thank you for your curiosity.
Allow me to let you in on a little secret. It just so happens that embedded within the fibers of that life-changing decision you are considering making- or have indeed already made- lies one of the keys to enjoying a life of fulfillment.
That is, in order to feel healthier, happier, and more fulfilled in life, we ought to be conscious of and open to embracing this most critical principle: movement.
And not just in the physical sense. (Although, it doesn’t hurt to get off the couch from time to time!) I’m referring to holistic movement; progression in the physical, mental and spiritual realm.
A burning passion has led me to explore this very topic for the past number of years through writing; I have amassed hours’ worth of interview transcripts exploring the very essence of health and well-being, and have been afforded some valuable insights as a result from which some common themes have cropped up. One in particular- yep you’ve guessed it.
Wherever you find yourself in this present moment, and whatever your current situation, the principle remains the same: you should avoid at all costs becoming stagnant. Keep progressing, keep pushing your boundaries, keep moving.
And if it’s the case that you have decided to board the plane to China in pursuit of a new experience, it just so happens that there are ample opportunities for continuous holistic progression right here.
So you’ve boarded the plane and will soon be immersing yourself in a strange and vibrant culture, how exciting; your boundaries will be stretched and horizons broadened as a result of making such a move. Physically, mentally and spiritually you will grow and develop, and you will likely return a different person with a fresh new outlook; it will at times be uncomfortable and frightening, but embrace it nevertheless and continue moving. Here at EF, you will have a vast network of local and international teachers and trainers who have gone through something similar, and who are here to support you during your transition.
In most major Chinese cities, there are opportunities aplenty to get a sweat on: right here at EF Wellness HQ, we offer TRX, yoga, HIIT, and dance classes to name a few. And of course, there are an endless number of gyms and studios dotted around every corner, so you won’t have to look far to find the right place for you. Whatever your poison, you will be covered here.
With EF you will be afforded many outlets to help you progress and keep learning. There is a vast network of experienced teachers, trainers and managers to learn from, and accredited courses available to allow you to continue to learn and develop along your career path.
Here in China you also have many avenues along which you can explore your spiritual side; alternative therapies, reiki, yoga retreats, singing bowl meditation, you name it. Anything that can allow you to keep moving closer to the center of your being, and connect with your higher self. Oh and if you’ve ever wondered about your past life, I’d highly recommend trying out a regression therapy session! Eye-opening to say the least.
Moving to a strange new environment can be quite daunting, at times uncomfortable and stressful, and unlike anything you’ve experienced before; it’s especially important to look after our health during this time so that we can make the most of the experience.
Paradoxically, the key to doing so is to keep moving towards that discomfort. Avoid, avoid at all costs that debilitating state of comfortable stagnation, and enjoy every minute of the wild ride!
ARE YOU READY?
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Post by Patrick Hyland, EF English First Shanghai
Patrick Hyland is an Irish native who now lays his hat in Shanghai. He looks to seek out new experiences, learning processes, and methods of progression- physically, mentally, and spiritually- in ways that bring happiness and joy. You can check out his blog, The Irish Introvert.
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