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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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Amy Johnson

Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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