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Surviving Riyadh

How to Fight Culture Shock

How to Fight Culture Shock

The majority of individuals and families that immigrated 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 have!

•    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 alienation.

•    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 friends, and etc.

•    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 progress.

•    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 future.

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