Those experiencing relocation often go through a period of transition and re-adjustment. The Bournemouth University webpages provide some insights into the UK culture and cultural transition which you may find useful.
It is normal to have ups and downs when moving to a new country. Different phases may occur while you are re-adjusting, these are outlined below:
- Elation or the ‘honeymoon’ period - when everything seems new and exciting
- Re-adjustment - when people compare the new country with the one they have just left, often only remembering the good things about the latter
- Transformation - usually occurs after nine months to a year and involves an appreciation of the new location whilst remaining slightly critical
- Integration - involves acceptance of the benefits of living in the new country and an appreciation of one's own cultural roots, so a balance is restored.
Difficulties can occur when people remain in the second or third phase, thus finding it difficult to settle. If you or a family member is finding it difficult to adjust to life in Britain, you may want to consider different sources of support available:
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
For free and confidential help, advice and support (including counselling) 24/7 on any matter, (work, home or personal), you can access the Employee Assistance Programme via telephone or as an online resource.
Faith & Reflection Service
There is a multi-faith BU Chaplaincy available to support staff of all faiths to offer pastoral care and spiritual support. Further details are available on the University’s Faith & Reflection Service website.
You may also wish to discuss any concerns you have with your line manage or a colleague in your department.