Feeling comfortable or at home means living in an atmosphere where you are accepted. Some people moving abroad worry about getting adjusted to the new social environment or the western culture. You may have left your home to make big business, excel in your career, get married, meet a relative/friend, discover new places, or for any good reason.
But if you are not comfortable do not fear or rush back. You can live where you prefer and still create a sense of home. You can always hear from home and keep in touch with your family, even if you want to live in another country. Thanks to the progress of modern technology, we now have various inexpensive mode of communication. You have email, MSN/yahoo messenger, international calling services, internet calls, SMS, etc which have become a great medium to bridge the gap.
Making friends with the folks around you is indeed the most necessary attempt. If you have moved to a new town, take the time to get to know your new surroundings. Maybe you can select a nearby hangout to meet up colleagues or friends. You can participate in cultural functions or religious groups associated at your work place. If you are a reserved person and don't like meeting people, just stay in your home. Maybe reading books or playing online games can keep you occupied.
Try to learn the language of the country where you have shifted and start adjusting to the new society. Involving yourself in work will enable you to keep your mind active. The local newspapers are the best source to tell you about the events around you. Become a member of a local library or join a night school based on your hobby. Sport clubs can be a good place to meet new people and also to keep you health fit. If you intent to join a charity group, do so and get involved by taking up the charge of some activity. Spend more time in the local community, and you will surely enjoy living in an environment which you can call a home.
If home is about belonging, then practice these simple steps to create a sense of belonging in the new country.
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