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Tactics Toward Success, No. 14: Stay Healthy

In her book, The Immigrant’s Way, available in the downloadable Kindle format, or paperback, Margaret W. Wong describes twenty-two tactics the foreign born person can use to ensure her stay in the USA is as long as she wants it to be. We will present for you one of her strategies every week in this space.

14. Eat healthy. Most of us do not have health insurance, which means that we cannot afford to be sick.

Doctors and hospitals are very expensive. It will take your life savings (after tax) to get any surgery done. Even the rich are often unable to afford it. Will yourself to not get sick. Rest and sleep, and don’t get anxious or depressed because of your visa issues.

In my practice, I’m increasingly seeing depressed and anxiety-ridden people who are worried sick about their status. They get so angry. Negative energy is transferable and transparent. We have made a choice of coming to America to give ourselves and our kids a good life. We do not have the luxury of getting sick.

Protect your bodies physically, mentally, and spiritually. Even when we’re very stressed, we need to try to eat and sleep properly. Pray, and stay healthy.

When you do become sick, go see your friends who may know some doctors who are from our countries so that they might be able to help us. Rest and focus your energy somewhere else. If you do have to go to the hospital, you can negotiate a payment plan and pay them monthly. Also, if you are to go see a doctor, do not walk into the emergency room, unless you have to - make an appointment first. It will be much, much cheaper that way.