7 Ways To Cope With Culture Shock

Posted by on Jan 18 | 2016

Moving to a foreign land can be full of unknowns including acclimating to a different culture. Depending on your destination, there could be a variety of new experiences that await you including different customs, language, food, and people. But never fear, as there are ways in which you can comfortably deal with culture shock.

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The following are 7 ways to deal with this shock, and how to prevent it from interrupting your daily life:

  1. Be open to change
  2. Keep an open mind when setting out on your new adventure. Expect that things will be different from your norm and be open to having new experiences. Don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone. Having a positive attitude and frame of mind can help to ease the shock of dealing with a new culture.

  3. Be knowledgeable
  4. Before you depart on your journey, gain some knowledge about the place you are going. Conduct some research online before you go including reading blogs, Wikipedia, or watching documentaries about your destination. Having indepth knowledge about where you are going prior to your departure can help a lot when you actually arrive.

  5. Make friends
  6. One of the hardest parts about being away from home is feeling lonely. Loneliness can exacerbate your culture shock. Make some new friends and keep yourself busy with activities. There is always strength in numbers.

  7. Learn the language
  8. If you are able to communicate in your new home, you will be better able to cope with culture shock. Consider taking language classes before you depart and continue when you arrive in your new destination.

  9. Make sure you take care of yourself
  10. Stay healthy, exercise, sleep and eat well. If you keep your body and mind healthy, you will be able to enjoy and experience more.

  11. Be a tourist!
  12. Take time to travel in your new environment. Whether you check out the local scene or travel to other destinations in the country, travelling can help you become more familiar with your new territory.

  13. Stay connected
  14. Keep in touch with your family and friends. Whether you set up a schedule to Skype, send e-mails, or call; maintaining your relationships with your loved ones back home will help you feel more comfortable and supported.

It’s important to keep in mind that while a new culture may be intimidating, it is something that you can certainly cope with in just a few days or weeks. As long as you stay positive and open and accept that change is okay, you will thrive in your new destination in no time!

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