Adjusting to a New Environment

Adjusting to a New Environment



Initially, setting out on an adventure away from the comforts of your home can be exciting. You can hardly even hold your enthusiasm over exploring the new scene and trying to get acquainted with a few new faces.


After several days or weeks, you begin to miss home or the people you used to be with. You suddenly have feelings of loneliness and your excitement has changed into confusion and worry, as you, again, crave for the familiarity of your old environment.


These feelings are normal for an individual in a new environment, but they should only last for a certain period of time. The loneliness must eventually subside, as you adapt and develop familiarity with your new surroundings and build new social circles.


If you cannot effectively adjust, other aspects of your well-being will definitely be affected. If you’re living in a new place because of work and you have difficulty fitting in, it will have a negative impact on your job and hinder your pleasure from being in otherwise an curious experience. Here are some tips to help you effectively adjust and grow in your new environment.


  • Look but don’t go back. There may have been several periods in your life when you had to keep moving from one location to another and you seem to have lost sense of home. You had a few good friends, memorable places and favorite shops and streets and you can’t find anything just like them in your new environment.


It is healthy to reminisce the good from your old surroundings but you must accept that you are now in a new place. Explore your new environment and you’re sure to find somewhere, something, or someone that would stir your interest. Do not attempt to look for anything just because it seems the same as the place, thing or person you miss. This will only hold you back from moving on.


  • Observe other people. Watch how they do their daily activities or spend the weekend. You may want to talk to a few residents to know about their routines and be referred to nice places. Try to join a few social gatherings and initiate small talk with a fellow or two. There’s nothing more calming in a new environment than having another soul around to talk to.


  • Get oriented with the place. Locate a hospital, church, police and fire department, grocery or supermarket and a convenient restaurant. You’ll never know when an emergency will strike. Thus, it is important to be familiar with these places so you can easily grab a quick snack, call for help or buy a new bulb if your old one suddenly gets busted. Having at least one reliable person in the neighborhood, or one you can call in the middle of the night, is also advisable.


Adjusting to a new environment may not be as easy for some people, but you only need to have a little information and be prepared physically, socially, and, especially, mentally for the transfer. In due time, you’ll realize that you’re either doing just as good as you used to in your old place, or even better. Change is always good; if you don't think so, then it's always a learning experience.