Reducing Culture Shock After Your Move

 

After moving, one of the biggest things you might need to adjust to is the culture of your new area or location. You may actually start off feeling like this is a new adventure and have a high level of excitement and even happiness. Yet, this will eventually wear off and may turn into a bit of frustration. In other cases, new arrivals go through a wide range of emotions as they get used to a different culture.

Ways To Avoid Culture Shock.

Hopefully, this is an issue you are becoming aware of before making the move. This gives you plenty of time to help prepare yourself and makes it easier to adjust. Pay attention to these tips and techniques that others have found helpful:


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  • Start Adjusting Early:
    One of the best things you can do to avoid culture shock is by trying to acclimate yourself ahead of time. Take a couple of trips to your new area and even try interacting with some of the people. Do your own research on the area and focus on those parts which seem to fall in line with things you are interested in. By all means, take in a few festivals or events or normal pastimes of the new area that might be a bit different from your current location.
  • Think About Feelings:
    Actually sit down and analyze some of the aspects of the move that might have you feeling a little apprehensive. Then, see if these are rational and if maybe you can change them on your own.
  • Look For Common Ground:
    Figure out places where you already have a good connection with the new culture. Ask some questions about things are done. Maybe focus on the different food (is it prepared with some familiar ingredients?) or even some of the new festivities (do they use similar types of music or instruments?).
  • Create Some Connections:
    By actively attempting to connect with other groups, institutions and people in the new area before moving, you help to start creating a bond that will provide you a fuller and richer experience right from the start. Using the internet, phone, social media and even emails it should be rather easy to start building these new bonds.
  • Create Your Own Way To Vent:
    Give yourself permission to explore your new feelings about the move. Maybe this means taking a few minutes each day and writing down your thoughts, or simply having a dialog with yourself.

Understand Stages Of Culture Shock.

There are several clear signs and stages involved with culture. By paying attention to these, it may be possible to avoid this feeling entirely.

  • Excitement.
  • Withdrawal.
  • Adjustment.
  • Enthusiasm.

So, it is a natural process that can be overcome.

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