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S2E7: Seven signs you are experiencing reverse culture shock

Let’s dive into reverse culture shock and what we could do to navigate it!

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Living abroad can be a thrilling adventure, offering the opportunity to explore new cultures, languages, and experiences. However, returning home after such a period can often lead to unexpected emotional turbulences known as reverse culture shock. 

Reverse culture shock is the process of readjusting to life in one’s home country, and it can be as challenging, if not more so, than the initial adjustment to a foreign land. It often brings a range of emotional fatigue, social struggles, and cultural conundrums. 

One of the key elements in managing reverse culture shock is gradual readjustment. It’s not about rushing through the process but taking it slow and integrating habits and customs from the host culture into the new reality of home. This gradual approach can help manage the emotional fatigue and social struggles often accompanying reverse culture shock.

Remaining curious is another crucial strategy. Embracing the uniqueness of both cultures, exploring new aspects of our home country and integrating customs and habits from our host culture, can help us navigate culture shock in our home country.  This approach helps in dealing with the cultural conundrums and nurtures a sense of belonging in both places.

Lastly, preserving personal growth and energy is essential when dealing with reverse culture shock. Taking a break from certain situations, stretching comfort zones, and creating space for new experiences can all contribute to a smoother transition.

In essence, reverse culture shock is a complex and deeply personal experience that can leave us feeling like strangers in our land. Yet, with patience, curiosity, and the right boundaries, it’s possible to navigate this maze and rediscover home.

Want to read more about this topic?

→ The importance of boundaries when living abroad

→ Navigating culture shock between disorientation and adaptation

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