Remember some stress is normal – give yourself time to adjust to changes and try to remain positive.
Don’t isolate yourself. Engage with peers and in activities. Connect with your home support system.
Follow your routines and therapy, if applicable.
Reflection and Problem-Solving
Identify the effects of acculturation stress, such as changes in your behavior, sleep, or appetite, mood fluctuations, and social isolation.
Practice grounding techniques or breathing exercises.
Recall coping strategies. What has helped in the past?
Focus on a manageable aspect of the problem. What do you want to focus on first? Develop a plan of action.
Know When to Seek Help
If you feel paralyzed by stress, can’t control your emotions, depression interferes with your ability to function, or notice these or similar symptoms in a loved one, it may be time to seek additional support and professional care. (See “Additional Resources” section).
Self-Guided Support | Pre-Departure & While Abroad
Togetherall– virtual platform to anonymously seek well-being support from peers.