How to manage reverse culture shock.
You just returned home from your trip abroad and now have to re-adjust to things being different, just like when you first left. Reverse culture shock is totally normal. Here are the four stages, what to look out for, and how to navigate the transition back home.
Stage 1: Disengagement. While you were overseas, you might have begun to think about moving back home and moving away from your experience and the friends you made abroad.
Stage 2: Initial euphoria. You may initially be very excited to return home, and your family and friends will be excited you're returning. You'll have the chance to experience all the things you missed while away, and your family and friends will be excited to see you and hear all about your travels.
Stage 3: Alienation. You no longer have that euphoric feeling and may feel alienated and frustrated. You may even feel like an outsider in your own country and critical of your own culture. You may feel like no one really wants to hear about your experience or can relate to it.
Stage 4: Gradual Readjustment. The shock of returning home will gradually decline, and you'll be able to cope better, especially with the tools below.
Here are some steps you can take to navigate the transition back home.
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