How to deal with CULTURE SHOCK

Cultural shock is the personal disorientation towards new and unfamiliar surroundings. It is a normal reaction. When students encounter something different while living far away from their cultural and social environment, they often undergo cultural shock.

Sometimes the challenges can become a bit overwhelming, and they may experience symptoms like homesickness, boredom, loneliness, and even anger. So what to do when a cultural shock hits YOU hard, and you feel homesick? Well, this post will provide you with some useful pointers.

  • It’s completely normal
    Always remember that cultural shock is not a sign that anything is wrong. You might feel insecure due to different climate, values, attitudes, lifestyle, political and religious beliefs.
  • Make your own space
    Personal belongings like your cushion or a framed picture of your family can make a big difference to your personal space and help you feel at home quickly.
  • Keep an open mind
    Welcome the surprising experiences as they arise. Commit to saying “YES” as much as possible. Accept invitations to events, try different cuisines, make out new friends. Be safe and not push yourself too hard.
  • Explore
    Feel free to ride around the city and live the tourist life by visiting a new place every week.
  • Follow your creative instinct
    Keep yourself busy with something that makes you happy and more enthusiastic. It will give you a sense of achievement and prevent you from dwelling too much on your cultural shock.
    And in the end, be calm and be patient. It takes time to adapt to new surroundings, an altogether different culture, and a new lifestyle. Always be in touch with your family and friends who will make your overseas journey smooth.



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