I am antsy today. I’ve been home from England since March and at this point I do not know when I’ll be in Europe next. Living and working in England was the dream and I’ve been struggling with the fact it ended. Today I’d like to chat about dealing with reverse culture shock. A special shout out to friends and family who have dealt with me saying constantly how much I miss everything English and European!
What is it?
Reverse culture shock can be defined as the psychological, emotional and cultural aspects of reentry into your “home” country. As noted in an article on the State.gov website, many aspects of reverse culture shock are subjective, therefore each person will have a unique experience in readapting to his or her home culture.
For me, coming back to my home was difficult as it didn’t seem as exciting or interesting from where I had just been. Although I had changed and became more adventurous, it was hard trying to fit that side of myself in my current environment. I’ve been restless and its been hard to stay motivated with daily activities.
The pace of life is an adjustment too, it takes a while to get back into normal routines and acclimate to the commute to work or the length of time to get to places.
I admit to feeling depressed and hopeless as it was not my choice to move back from England. Some days are better than others, but I’m finding out ways to help cope.
To cope with reverse culture shock I realized I needed a creative outlet to document my memories. Also, I need to explore my local areas and keep booking trips (even its not far abroad).
Starting a travel blog has been a creative outlet to remember my adventures and share with friends and family. I don’t want to forget an experience and writing about it is an awesome way to remember my favorite adventures. I’ve learned so much about writing and taken some interesting courses on blogging. It’s my goal to keep learning while I keep traveling!
I have been pretty blind to what my current city has to offer. It’s up and coming and if I do a little research I can find local restaurants that offer something just a little different and exciting. Also, I’ve decided to look at my city with new eyes…I work in a great neighborhood with plenty of exposed brick and trendy cafe’s to keep me occupied. I plan to keep on exploring…
Finally, I keep looking for airline deals and am dreaming where my next adventures will be. I’m taking it one day at a time and little by little I’m finding joy in the small things. There will always be new adventures and places to see.
Have you had a similar experience? How have you coped? Where will your next adventure lead you?