Arrival within a new country: Strategies to face the unknown and stay ZEN

Arriving in a new working and living environment is not always easy, especially if you do not fluently speak the language: A new country, a different environment, new customs and people. Altogether this might cause uncertainty and give us the feeling to being lost after the initial excitement of being in a new place has waned off. Far away from our familiar surroundings we suddenly feel clumsy, helpless, not fitting and our morale goes down. Many aspects of life are either unknown, surprising, or just different from usual. We would like to actively participate and integrate to our new work and living environment. Nevertheless, we feel there is a kind of blockage and don’t not know how to tackle it. Even simple things become an insurmountable challenge to us as attests Lucian Visan, a Romanian/Canadian who relocated from Toronto to France.

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