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The Cultural Shock Of Coming Home: 8 Signs Of Reverse Culture Shock

The Cultural Shock Of Coming Home: 8 Signs Of Reverse Culture Shock

For some people, travelling is a way of life. It is a chance to be adventurous, to see the world and other cultures. Travelling is often eye-opening, and it can help you to learn more about yourself. However, all travellers come home eventually, and it can be hard to get used to normal life again.

From constant storytelling to shock at the differences in prices, check out 8 signs of culture shock that all frequent travellers will be able to relate to.

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1. The happiness when you first go home

After spending 4 months in a village in Africa, you are so happy to be able to use indoor plumbing again. The local shop was a 3-hour walk away when you were travelling, but now you are home and you can see the shop from your window. You can’t quite believe how simple and easy life is at home – and you can’t wait to eat your favourite snacks again!

2. The constant storytelling

You don’t want to be that guy, but you love telling your friends and family about your latest adventure. From the amazing stories about exploring forests to more mundane stories about your flight, you simply can’t stop thinking of things to tell everyone – even when they are all telling you to stop talking about your travels.

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3. Struggling with price differences

Your first night out at home was difficult for you. Secretly, you couldn’t believe how expensive the drinks and food were – the whole night out ended up costing more than a week in a hostel in Southeast Asia.

4. Feeling shocked by the differences in culture

Often, travellers live without running water and electricity – basic things that many people can’t imagine living without. Now that you are back home, you can’t stop noticing how convenient your lifestyle is; you can buy a bag of crisps whenever you feel peckish, and you can go to the doctor’s if you have any aches or pains.

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The differences in culture initially seemed shocking, but you are very grateful to live in a country where you have everything that you need.

5. Getting confused between your old lifestyle and your new lifestyle

It can be tough adjusting to the lifestyle differences. You struggled to get used to daily showering after living in a rural village where clean water was scarce, and you walked down the street with a bottle of wine after drinking in London. Every society has different rules, and you pride yourself on respecting these rules.

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6. Moments of total sadness

After a few days of being happy to be home, sudden sadness sets in. You miss the weather, the culture, the locals, the food, the drinks, and the freedom, and you can’t stop reminiscing about your last trip. You think about it while you shower, while you queue to buy food, and while you lay in bed at night. Who knew you could miss travelling so much?

7. Planning to go back

After a week of sadness, you have already started to plan your next trip in your mind. You are constantly reading travel blogs and checking flight prices, and you are starting to work out how much you will need to save.

Your loved ones think that you are crazy to already be planning your next adventure, but you can’t wait to get back on the plane.

8. Having no money because you are saving to go travelling again

Now that you know you are going away again, it is time to start scrimping and saving once more. You are back to eating noodles and staying inside, so that each week you slowly draw closer to your next exciting adventure. You can’t wait to be back on the road again!

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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