Many of the experiences we have as individuals are experienced by our peers – its just that most of us try and hide the struggles we are going through! Most people who move into Res will feel some form of culture shock – for some it will be mild and over quickly, and for others it will take more time and effort. Read on to see how it applies to you
Whenever someone moves to a new place (and culture), they experience to some level the following phases:
In this initial phase you may see the differences between the old and new culture in a romantic light. It may be exciting to have new experiences – whether it is new food, night life, or just general everyday activities. This is great fun – but doesnt last forever.
This usually kicks in a few weeks after your arrival. At this stage the novelty of your new environment has started to wear off. The differences may now in fact irritate as opposed to excite. At this stage it is common for you to experience some anxiety and depression about your situation. You may also start to think of ‘back home’ in a less critical way than you did when you were there (thinking home was ‘perfect’ and ignoring anything ‘annoying’ about it). It is good to remember the great aspects of where you are from – but try and focus also on the amazing opportunity your new experiences are offering you!
This can take some time can take to kick in. However you will be accustomed to the new culture as well as an established routine. At this stage you will accept the changes, and return to ‘normal’. You new life will have ‘good’ and ‘bad’ parts to it – and you will accept these and begin to thrive in your new environment.
This may happen when you return home as you have been away from your home environment for a great length of time. You may feel some similar feelings to those from Phase 2 – but about ‘home’ rather than Res!
Just remember that it is perfectly normal to experience culture shock – and to miss your ‘home’ (regardless of if you move from the other side of the world, a rural region of Australia, or even another city or town in Victoria). There are a few ways to overcome your initial feelings.
Don’t just sit in your room- let people know how you are feeling, and I promise you will find everyone will understand and want to help!
Try some of these sites: