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Continuing our feature on culture shock from last week, here are the Top Tips for dealing with culture shock.
1. Know that what you are experiencing is normal - What starts as an exciting experience can often lead to a period of time that is uncomfortable. Know that there are many ways to work through the transition and that, as you acculturate to your new community, opportunities and enjoyment increase. Be gentle and patient with yourself.
2. Take great care of you - First, and always.
3. Fully research your destination - What are its customs and language? Where are the schools, shops, entertainment facilities? What's the annual weather like? How do people get around? Are there facilities for the rest of the family? Spend time on the Internet to find out. Consulates, embassies, travel agents and, of course, the local people can provide a huge amount of information.
4. Communicate carefully with yourself and others - Not only are you transitioning to new surroundings but others are trying to get to know you. In our place of origin, much of how we act and communicate is through shared meanings for things whereas in your new location, nuances of behaviour can be very different. Learn to listen deeply to everyone around you and be clear on what is being said. Observe your spoken language as well as the self-talk inside your own head. Is it positive or is it negative? Is it truly what you feel or a reaction to fear and confusion?
5. Create a strong community around you - One of the most important tips: take time to deepen the healthy relationships you currently have and create positive ones in your new community. Don't be afraid to say, "I don't understand" or "I need your help". Many people welcome the opportunity to support others, particularly if they clearly know what it is you need. Having a strong community of loving and positive people can make all the difference in an intercultural transition.
6. Avoid all negativity - Stay positive with yourself and with those around you and avoid toxic people, who drain your energies. If your inner and outer worlds are positive, so your experience will be too.
7. Look forward instead of backward - Often when we move, we remember 'the good old times' of our other location. To smooth out your intercultural transition, be present and moving toward your goals, not spending time comparing 'there' and 'here'.
8. Set yourself goals - Before moving, create goals that are a true reflection of who you are, what is important to you and what you need. Make them clear, realistic and fun. Write them down so that you can look at them again and again. Tell someone about them who can support you and remind you of your intentions. Once you have relocated, create other goals, smaller daily, weekly and monthly goals that pull you along because they are truly yours.
9. Remember "Opportunity" - Above all, find opportunity in every event and have great fun!