As we learned in health class, sleep can affect your emotions as well as experiencing culture shock. Our emotions can make it difficult for us to adjust to new cultures which is called culture shock. There are so many new changes we have to adapt to after leaving a familiar culture which can result in making our emotions vary such as feeling lonely, sad, anxious, or homesick. I can relate to this article because when I went to Nicaragua by myself, I had a hard time adjusting to the culture at first as I was frustrated with my lack of Spanish skills and I felt left out because of religious differences therefore not being able to connect with my community. As time went on, I was able to adapt and it allowed me to get past the overwhelming feelings and embrace the differences in our cultures.
- Have you experienced culture shock?
- If yes to the first question: When and where did it happen? What was different about the other culture that made it shocking to you?
- If no to the first question: If you haven’t experienced culture shock, what examples can you think of for possible culture shocks?