How to Make Your Relocation Experience Easier



Are you planning to relocate? It may be a new job opportunity for you or your spouse.

Whatever the reason is, relocation can cause a lot of stress.

I know people who have had a complete nervous breakdown because they did not take the time to think through the changes relocation can cause.

There are couples who have ended up in divorce because one spouse could not cope with the new country or state, and decided to call it quits.

There are some things you can do to ease the amount of stress caused by relocation.


To do list

Start by making a ‘To Do’ list.

This list will keep you organized, and you can check off things as you do them.

You will be able to prioritize your tasks and track your progress.

The list will motivate you once you realize you are accomplishing most of your tasks.

Make sure your ‘to do’ list is realistic.


Pay a visit

If you plan to move to a different city, state or country, if possible, visit the place before you relocate.

Visiting may not always be possible, but with the internet, you could do a virtual tour.

You could also read as much as you can about your new city or town.

The more informed you are, the easier you will settle down.


Cost of living

One important detail you want to keep in mind is the cost of living. Being able to convert your currency to the other countries currency will give you an idea.

Important expenses include housing and transport. You want to know how this will affect your budget.

People tend to relocate because of a higher pay. Some salaries look like a lot of money, but when you factor in the cost of living in that particular state or country, it may not be advantageous to relocate.


Cross cultural communication

Every city, town, state or country has its unique culture.

It’s important to understand this so that you avoid assuming that everyone does things the same way you do.

Pay attention and be aware of these differences.

This is necessary even for the basic level of understanding required to engage in greetings and physical contact.  For instance, kissing a coworker is not considered an appropriate business practice in the U.S.

A firm handshake is widely accepted in the U.S but not necessarily in other cultures.

Bowing in greeting may be OK in one culture but appear awkward in a different culture.

Answering “yes mummy” or “yes daddy” to your boss is acceptable in some cultures, but not in the U.S.

Learn the acceptable culture and communication styles of where you plan to relocate.


Prepare emotionally

Relocation has a lot of psychological effects.  You don’t want to minimize how you or your family will be affected by the move.

Talking about your move with good friends is always helpful. It helps you express your anxiety as well as your excitement.

Children tend to be affected most if they are not well prepared.

If you feel already stressed out before the move, you may want to reconsider.

Help is available to assist individuals experiencing relocation anxiety that is a part of the naturally occurring process of adjusting to a new situation.

If you are in the process of settling down in the states, don’t hesitate to get your resource; The Foreign Nurses Guide to Settling in America.

If you would like to talk about relocation concerns, get in touch with me by sending me an email.


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