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
; 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
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