Embrace change: Accepting a new culture when moving to a foreign country

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Moving to a new country and coping with a new culture is not a simple walk in the park. It can be a real challenge, especially when it comes to getting acquainted with unfamiliar surroundings. Some people might feel disoriented, scared, or anxious. While this is normal in many cases due to change in language, norms, weather, time zone, and other factors, planning ahead and taking initiative can make moving an easier step.

Know what to expect:
Knowing what awaits you in your destination can take half the burden off your shoulders. Getting to know the new country beforehand is really helpful. Talk to people who have been there, read books or articles on the Internet. You can even contact the embassy for further inquiries and insightful knowledge about the country’s culture, traditions or maybe history. This way you will have an idea of the environment you’re moving to, which will make things easier.

Immerse yourself:
If the country you are moving to is totally alien to you in terms of dialect, you can learn the language spoken there. Basic phrases are enough to help you get started and strike up conversations. Who knows, these conversations might turn into beautiful friendships. Once there, try to join sports clubs, go to pubs and study in coffee shops, in order to meet new people and familiarize yourself with your surroundings.

Forget prejudice:
Always keep your mind open and don’t judge the differences, however, try to embrace them and learn from them.  Attend their cultural events, festivals, and concerts and don’t forget the golden rule: always be yourself.

Of course you will be anxious and disoriented at first, which is completely normal, but don’t give up. In order to adapt you must embrace change and use it as an opportunity for growth, self-discovery and memorable adventures.

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