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Ways of Dealing with Culture Shock

As you adjust to life in your new country following an international move, you are likely to at some point experience culture shock, which is a psychological condition that occurs when one's surroundings suddenly change as a result of a move. Depression, anger and frustration often accompany the various stages of culture shock and can greatly impact your health and your quality of life.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce the negative symptoms of culture shock and adapt to your new home more rapidly. Here are some tips:


Learn as much as you can about your new country prior to your move

One of the biggest causes of culture shock is the disappointment or surprise that comes from the differences between one’s perceived notion of a place and the way it is in reality. The clearer your picture of your destination, the more you'll be prepared to experience it and integrate yourself into it. Chess Moving can help you learn more about your destination before you leave Australia. Contact us for more information.


Connect with other Aussies

If you are moving on your own, use forums, message boards, social meet-up sites or resources from your employer to make friends from Australia. By befriending people who are familiar with your home, you'll have others to reminisce with and to sympathize with you about the many differences in your new country.


Bring a touch of home to your new home

When you find yourself missing specific things about Australia, find ways to bring a bit of them to your new country. Contact a family member or friend to send you a care package or do some online shopping.


Explore your new home

Don't be afraid to be a tourist and get out and see the notable points of interest in your new city and the surrounding areas. Going for frequent walks around your neighbourhood can also help you take in the sights and sounds and feel more a part of them. Plus, walking and other forms of exercise can help ease sadness or even depression.


Keep a journal

Whether you prefer to write daily, paste photographs on pages, draw pictures, start a blog or make videos, take some time to record your experiences - both good and bad. Journaling in any form can help you explore your feelings and gives you an opportunity to look back and see the progress that you've made as you adapt to your new home.


Above all, remember that culture shock is a temporary experience. You can and will adjust to life in your new home!



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