How to Fight Culture Shock

By Alma Ruiz,2014-06-25 07:18
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How to Fight Culture Shock

How to Fight Culture Shock

    The majority of individuals and families that immigrate from other countries have the ability to positively confront the obstacles of a new environment. Some ways to combat stress produced by culture shock are:

    ; Develop a hobby

    ; Don't forget the good things you already


    ; Remember, there are always resources that you

    can use

    ; Be patient, the act of immigrating is a

    process of adaptation to new situations. It

    is going to take time

    ; Learn to be constructive. If you encounter an

    unfavorable environment, don't put yourself

    in that position again. Be easy on yourself.

    ; Don't try too hard.

    ; Learn to include a regular form of physical

    activity in your routine. This will help

    combat the sadness and loneliness in a

    constructive manner. Exercise, swim, take an

    aerobics class, etc.

    ; Relaxation and meditation are proven to be

    very positive for people who are passing

    through periods of stress

    ; Maintain contact with your ethnic group. This

    will give you a feeling of belonging and you

    will reduce your feelings of loneliness and


    ; Maintain contact with the new culture. Learn

    the language. Volunteer in community

    activities that allow you to practice the

    language that you are learning. This will

    help you feel less stress about language and

    useful at the same time.

    ; Allow yourself to feel sad about the things

    that you have left behind: your family, your


    ; Recognize the sorrow of leaving your old

    country. Accept the new country. Focus

    your power on getting through the transition.

    ; Pay attention to relationships with your

    family and at work. They will serve as support

    for you in difficult times.

    ; Establish simple goals and evaluate your


    ; Find ways to live with the things that don't

    satisfy you 100%.

    ; Maintain confidence in yourself. Follow your

    ambitions and continue your plans for the


    ; If you feel stressed, look for help. There is

    always someone or some service available to

    help you. You may want to check out

    Information and Resources.

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