Culture shock is a natural state of psychological and physical disorientation that can occur when you’re in a new environment and culture. Different challenges combine to contribute to the feeling of culture shock that include communication barriers, loss of support network and independence.
Many people relocate overseas for work but what many don’t realise is that culture shock works both ways. Moving to a new country is daunting and time helps with the adjustment but moving back home and readjusting can also be a challenge. Here are five tips to help you deal with culture shock, no matter when it hits.
- Meet the right people
When relocating to another country, it’s important to surround yourself with positive people who encourage you to do your best and thrive in your new environment. It helps to find people who share your interests and can recommend how to best spend your spare time while you get your bearings.
Upon your return home, surround yourself with friends and family you haven’t seen in a while. They’ll be able to help you adapt to the adjustment of being back home. Before long you’ll be back to your familiar self.
- Stay in touch
Moving away from the friends and family can be difficult, but thanks to advancements in technology and the development of social media apps, it’s now easier than ever to keep in touch while living abroad.
Make the most of the opportunity you’ve been given to live in another country by travelling. Travel around the country and get familiar with your new home. Don’t forget to make the most of its proximity to neighbouring countries and visit them too!
When you’ve returned home and the post-relocation blues start to set in, it’s always a good idea to plan a holiday back to the country or city you were living in. Organise a reunion trip with the friends you made when you were there or help them organise a trip to visit you.
- Keep busy
Get a new hobby or continue an old one in your new home. Keeping busy not only gives you the ability to express yourself in a fun and entertaining way, but it also helps you to grow your new social network. When returning home, pick up an old hobby you had before departing for your relocation. You’ll be amazed at how quickly it comes back to you.
- Speak up
Don’t be shy about communicating your feelings to friends, colleagues and loved ones. Speak up about the challenges you’re facing and ask for help. Your social network will help you adjust to the changes in culture and environment.
Culture shock is something many people experience when relocating overseas and returning home after living overseas for an extended period. Grace mobility experts are here to help employees settle into their new home with their family faster. From choosing the best neighbourhood and schools for the children, to helping families learn the language, you can count on Grace to get you through culture shock.