Do you listen to the wrong kind of songs when you are down or homesick?

Music on Embarcadero in SF

Music on Embarcadero in SF

Hip hop, rap, rock, reggae, classical music or jazz. What is the right kind of music you should listen to when you are blue? What effects do different music genres have on your mind? Which music helps when you feel homesick?

A musical journey

Sit back, relax and go on a musical journey with me. A musical journey that is defined by the songs and music that resonate within you and bring back strong memories of your life’s past events.

Imagine your life’s events not arranged by dates but rather by songs. Can you map out those events in musical notes? What would it sound like? Continue Reading →

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How to meet people in a new city by following this one step

Beach at Point Reyes

Beach at Point Reyes

Did you recently move to a new city or even to a different country? Find out how to meet people in a new city by following this one step. This is the one step I took each time I moved to a new place. This is the one step you have to take to be successful as well.

Do you ever wonder if you are the only expat that doesn’t have any friends? Are you asking yourself how are other expats connected with so many people? How do you meet people in a new city?

 

One single step

The key to beating loneliness is to take ONE STEP TODAY.

ONE SINGLE STEP!

One step, you ask! How can one step help me feel less lonely in my new environment?

I took this one step when I moved to Atlanta, to Germany and now to Oakland. Each time this step helped me to connect with people and ultimately helped me to make friends. I mean friends, not just acquaintances. Friends, who I can call when I am up or down, meet for a coffee, share news and feelings with. Continue Reading →

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Homesickness Questionnaire – Am I homesick?

Is our round-headed person homesick or culture shocked?

Is our round-headed person homesick or culture shocked?

Am I really missing my home or am I just annoyed and overwhelmed by trying to adapt to the life in a new city or country?

Homesickness or culture shock

Are you wondering if you are homesick or maybe suffering from culture shock?

Homesickness is a longing for home, when you miss family and friends. Is it a real sickness? It can manifest itself as an illness, but rarely. I like the German word for homesickness ‘Heimweh’ much better.  ‘Heim’ means home and ‘Weh’ means an ache, so it translates to an ache or pain for home. In my opinion the German word better conveys the emotions that a homesick person might feel.

If you are experiencing culture shock, you will more likely feel disoriented and stressed in a new cultural surrounding. You are overwhelmed by too many new stimuli and feel insecure because you don’t always know how to behave in certain situations. Have you ever wondered “What the heck am I doing here in this new place while my family and friends are back home?” Continue Reading →

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Reverse culture shock – a hex-head story

West Point on Mount Tamalpais

West Point on Mount Tamalpais

Did you experience reverse culture shock after you moved back home from another country? A story about a hex-head explains why this occurs. In this article you will learn about the challenges you may experience due to reverse culture shock.

 

Surprise: Reverse culture shock in my home country

My husband and I greet a German relocation specialist in my husband’s office. I can’t believe it; I will soon go back home to Germany! I had left Germany 7 years before, when I was fresh out of college. For my husband this will be his second overseas living experience. He had lived in Australia before. He will soon be an expat again, but not me anymore. Continue Reading →

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Cultivate happiness, not homesickness

Drakes Bay

Drakes Bay

What is the secret to happiness? Everyone wants to be happy and enjoy life, no matter where you live. At home or far away from home. Learn from the Dalai Lama and a Harvard psychologist how you can be the creator of your own happiness.

 

Teachings of the Dalai Lama

Everyone has experienced hardship and sadness at some point in their life, even the Dalai Lama. When you read about his life story, you can’t help but think that he must have experienced difficulties, as well homesickness during his life. Taken from his family at a very young age, the Dalai Lama was educated in the teachings of Buddhism and became later the spiritual leader of Tibet. “There now began a somewhat unhappy period of my life”, the Dalai Lama wrote later, reflecting on his separation from his parents and the unfamiliar surroundings.  Continue Reading →

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How to get to know your new town

Lake Shore Farmers Market

Lake Shore Farmers Market

Developing new roots takes time. In order to feel at home and not become homesick, you must get out off your house and discover your new town. I will show you how to take the first steps to get to know your city.

The frantic time of the move is over. First, it seemed that you had a million things on your to-do list. One by one you checked them off. Furniture is in its place. Boxes are unpacked. Pictures are hanging.

Now that you are able to catch your breath, you have time to reflect on your situation and environment in your new town. You feel excited living in a different city, but a wave of anxious feelings might hit you at the same time. Are you beginning to miss your old home? It is pretty normal to have these ambivalent emotions and to feel homesick for your old home, family and friends. Continue Reading →

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