Sharing is caring!

(S1E3) Lost and found, in search of self

Let’s navigate together through the multi-layered challenges of cultural identity when moving abroad.

Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPodcast IndexTuneInPodcast AddictCastroDeezerPodchaserPocketCastsListen NotesGoodpods

Moving to a new country and immersing yourself in a new culture can be an exciting adventure. However, it can also be a journey fraught with challenges, one of which is grappling with the complexity of cultural identity as a foreigner. This is a reality many of us are living, and in this episode, I guide us through the maze of cultural stereotypes, expectations, and the sense of being a second-class citizen, all of which can often lead to an identity crisis.

We may face a profound identity crisis as foreigners in a new country. This crisis often stems from the multi-layered challenges of cultural identity, causing significant stress and anxiety. When we move to another country, we must add an extra layer of what people think of our nationality before meeting us. The stereotypes and prejudices attached to our national identity can impede our success in the new country.

The loss of identity can be quite distressing. When expectations and reality clash, when there are discrepancies between what we envision our new life to be and what it is, it can lead to a sense of disillusionment and stress. Experiencing discrimination and racism in the new country can further exacerbate this feeling of being a second-class citizen, which may impact our mental health.

Looking for a counsellor? Work with me

How can we survive an identity crisis?

In such situations, finding a support network is crucial. Finding people who are going through the same struggles can be incredibly helpful. It provides a sense of connection, reduces loneliness, and allows for an exchange of experiences. This network can serve as a beacon, a reference point when everything else seems unfamiliar and overwhelming.

Another crucial aspect of coping with an identity crisis as a foreigner is finding what grounds you. In a time of upheaval, when everything is in flux, having anchors can provide a sense of stability. These anchors can be anything – from speaking to close friends and family back home, engaging in familiar activities, or even simple daily routines.

To successfully navigate this significant change in your life, it’s important to remember that it’s okay to feel unsettled. It’s okay to feel directionless. The key is to acknowledge these feelings, understand them, and then find ways to navigate through them. 

Remember, your cultural identity is not a limitation. It’s a part of who you are, a part of your story. And no matter where you are in the world, that story matters. It’s worth sharing. It’s worth embracing.

Want to read more about this topic?

→ The impact of living abroad on identity and sense of self

Sharing is caring!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *