Are you suffering from culture shock in Milan? Many people don’t realize how stressful it can be to move to Italy from another country. Moving to Milan might be a dream come true, but you should realize that getting acclimated is sometimes difficult. You may think everything is going smoothly and then suddenly be faced with situations that don’t make sense to you. It’s common to find yourself questioning whether you’ve misread the facts or committed some social gaffe. You may be replaying scenes over and over in your head trying to determine if your sense of “normal” is off kilter. You might not know how to react to others, wondering if their behavior is unusual or not.
You are not crazy and you are not alone! Just being able to say out loud how you are feeling to someone who understands what you are going through is often a huge relief. You might be surprised how common culture shock in Milan occurs, whether to a seasoned expat who has lived in various countries or to someone who is living outside of their home country for the very first time. Joining a group of expats in Italy – whether a group that meets physically or one that interacts only online, such as a Facebook group or forum – can offer relief by reinforcing that others are going through the same emotions that you are. It’s also helpful to hear from those who have been here awhile but can remember what it was like when they first arrived. There are many groups and forums already in existence. Not all of them will be right for you, but some of them will resonate with you and make you want to return. Members will most likely be able to point you to still other groups so that you can find the ones that you feel most comfortable with, where you can spend time exchanging anecdotes, asking and answering questions or just getting confirmation that you are normal.
If you find that you’d like to explore one-on-one professional counseling to counter culture shock in Milan, I am here to help you. Call 349 130 5648 and we can decide on a plan.