Great article by my “Twitter Friend” Anne Egros (@AnneEgros). Make sure to follow her blog, “Zest N Zen.”
This is another article which should be required reading for EVERY expat.
I am going to focus mainly on people moving abroad or expatriates going back home but the theory applies to anybody experiencing emotional stress when moving to unknown environments.
During big life changes, we experience stress, overload, or threat and often lose control of our emotions and make “thinking errors” or distortions about the reality. Our thinking process starts by interpretation and processing events that leads to our emotional and behavioural responses. Since a wrong thinking leads to a wrong behavior it is important to be aware of our thinking.
Many people heard about “culture shock” but most of the new expatriates are not aware of what that process means to them until they are really confronted to a succession of emotional ups and downs. Same with the grieving process, also called “reverse culture shock” that most expat families experience when they return to their home country. In both cases our states of mind impact our well-being. Here a great video
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