Moving to a new country is one that is filled with excitement and at the same time, means mentally preparing yourself to a new culture, new learnings, and a different lifestyle. You will most likely experience a culture shock initially, as you learn to settle in with your new customs and neighbors. If you are not prepared mentally and physically to getting used to a new country, then it can take a toll on you. You may tend to be more withdrawn than your normal self and can even experience depression as a result of the shock or disorientation in a foreign territory. However, you can certainly combat these naturally occurring issues by making small changes after you to move to a new country.
Make sure you do your homework about your new homeland. There will be things to do on priority as soon as you reach your new location such as setting up bank accounts, picking up a local SIM card for communicating and getting around, and finding out the closest utility spaces such as laundry, grocery, and banks. As much as possible, settle in to your new environment quickly and try to recreate a home as similar as possible to your earlier living space. This will mean getting your favorite stuffed toy, or blanket that offers comfort and memories. Add a touch of green with indoor plants to give your apartment or home a rich color and uplifting your mood.
For most people, food is a huge change. So check what ingredients are available or if you can pack some ingredients for a month’s stock until you are well-entrenched with your new culture. Food is an emotional investment and in the absence of your loved ones, one may want to dig into their favorite snacks or better still go for a run and explore the neighborhood on foot. It is also absolutely essential to visit the Embassy of your country and register your passport details with them. It also offers a great chance to tie-up with expats from your country who will celebrate your country’s culture and national holidays.
Further, if the country you are moving to does not speak your language, then staying well-connected with the expats will offer you more solace. Take time on weekends to spend time identifying all the regular spots, cafes, running trails to get more comfortable with your surroundings. Carry a translation book if required and also make an effort to learn a few commonly used phrases or sentences to help you get around the new geography. Another excellent choice to consider in your new home is to sign up for volunteering work, which is a great way to integrate yourself with your new community and its culture. You may also want to think of signing up for a language course that will help you speak in their tongue better. Over time, with practice and communicating with the residents regularly will also help you pick up the language with ease.