Culture shock is a normal process of adjustment we all go through when moving to a new country. Initially everything seems new and exciting. Then things can seem frustrating because everything is foreign and different. Finally you become more accepting of the new culture. Everyone goes through this process at different rates. The average time is 3 to 6 months, but can be as long as a year.
On top of this, any stressful life events such as loss of a loved one, change of job, an illness or relationship difficulty can have an even greater impact when abroad, as you are away from your normal routine and support systems.
The most important thing is to get out there and meet people. Don’t suffer alone – there are many other expats who have been through the same process who can offer practical advice and a listening ear.
General Expat Resources
There are some excellent websites for advice on living as an expat with lots of advice for example on coping with the challenges of relationships and parenting when abroad. These include: