December 13, 2017

Top Ten Ways to Cope with Culture Shock


10. Lock yourself in your flat and take the day off. Do something you really enjoy like reading a favorite novel.
9. Seek out contact with the home culture so that adjusting can occur over a period of time and not all at once. Expatriates living in Kyiv have unique perspectives on life in the city. Getting to know some folks from America and discussing your stress can provide some relief and make you aware you are not alone.
8. Watch your favorite American movie while eating your favorite American food.
7. Try to learn as much Russian as possible, making it easier to feel independent.
6. Take care of yourself: eating correctly, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep help most people relieve the stress of living in a foreign culture.
5. Carefully share your frustrations with local Christians with whom you have become friends. You might be surprised to learn that they are often frustrated by the same things. They may also be able to help you understand why things are the way they are.
4. Learn as much as possible about the history of Ukraine. This will help you converse intelligently with nationals and make you feel more a part of your surroundings. Kyiv and Ukraine share a long and often distressing past.
3. Just expecting that you will not feel totally normal in a new culture can help. Some people think that a new culture will have no effect on them. The truth is, it may take as long as six months for you to feel at home in your new home.
2. Early on in your stay, make notes of things that are different from your home culture. Attempt not to assign judgment to these observations instead, ask why and seek out answers from nationals.
1. Take time each month to treat yourself to the American way of dealing with culture shock Double Cheeseburger at McDonalds! Or find a favorite hang out spot (many like Globus) and spend the afternoon relaxing there.

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