Today, we are focusing on a common phenomenon experienced by travelers and expats: culture shock. Living in a foreign country can sometimes be difficult. Indeed, differences in cultures and habits can make one feel a bit lost and lonely. Culture shock affects people living far from home. It’s a feeling of personal disorientation when experiencing a new and unfamiliar way of life. A person undergoing culture shock can go through four different phases: honeymoon, negotiation, adjustment, and adaptation.
From the honeymoon to acceptance
Let’s have a closer look at these phases. During the honeymoon phase, you will feel excited, full of energy and positivity. Your new life will feel like the best adventure you have ever taken and you will want it to last forever. But then comes the most difficult phase: negotiation. You’ll feel completely different from the honeymoon state. During this period, people tend to get frustrated by small things such as missing the bus or not managing to communicate smoothly in a foreign language. Fortunately, these frustrations tend to go away with time. For some people it only takes a few weeks, for others it’s months, but don’t worry, it will go away. It will then bring you to the adjustment stage, when one begins to feel more comfortable and familiar with the culture. Finally, you will come to the final stage of this culture shock cycle, the acceptance stage. This, however, does not mean that you will fully understand the new culture and habits. ou will, however, feel more acclimated and find ways to deal with small inconveniences.
Tips to overcome homesickness
Now that you are more aware of the different emotions that you will encounter during your expat experience, let’s talk about how you can easily deal with these different stages of culture shock.
The best advice we can give you when moving abroad is to meet as many people as possible. Whether they are locals or expats, building new relationships is important. That way, you will adapt more easily to your new life and get support during more difficult periods. The feeling of being alone in a new place can be difficult to overcome. Friends and acquaintances will help you get through the daily botherings of newcomers such as dealing with administrative procedures or getting your bearings in a new city. Moreover, learning the local language will be a huge help when trying to adapt to a new culture. You will feel closer to locals, and understand them better.
In addition to that, even though you are trying to adapt to a new culture in a foreign country, you should not leave your culture aside. Staying connected to your family and friends back home is very important. Long-distance relationships are easy to manage today, thanks to amazing tools such as Skype, Whatsapp and social networks.
When you are feeling really homesick, you can always find ways to reconnect with your culture. It can be through meeting fellow expats from your country, watching a typical movie or buying your favorite local foods.. Although small, these small tips will help to cheer you up and get you move on.
Hopefully, this article will help you when moving to a foreign country. But don’t worry too much about culture shock. Deciding to take a job abroad is often an amazing opportunity to experience a completely new way of working and living. At YBorder we strongly believe that diversity is key to build a successful business. Different backgrounds and educations can bring more innovative projects and ideas. Moving abroad is also a way to discover new places in the world and enrich yourself. You will meet plenty of new people and get the opportunity to learn a lot of about the world and yourself.
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