Getting over Reverse Culture Shock
It’s hard to return home after being out of the country for a period of time. The longer away, the harder the return. This is likely caused by a combination of jet lag and reverse culture shock. It usually rears its ugly head for me when I walk into a large grocery store and see the vast choices of soda, beer and chips that line the long rows. (It’s no wonder we are one of the fattest countries on the planet!)
I’ve been home just over a week and I’ve been to my local Asian grocery store for special spices and veggies and have even ventured into Costco (I know, I know) for my 10 pound bag of organic carrots and a box of organic apples for juicing. I’ve been relatively unscathed while out grocery shopping but seem to be down about a few other things.
In the last week I’ve experienced snow, sleet and heavy winds (this IS APRIL, folks – I’m allowed to be depressed over this, aren’t I???). And I’ve been dealing with jet lag that has consistently rocked me awake at 2, 3 and 4am (save the last 2 mornings) and had me crashing on the couch in the afternoon for an hour or 2 each day. I’ve even found myself annoyed at my own excesses in the form of a closet full of clothes that I haven’t worn in years (here I come, Goodwill!).
In addition, and this is gonna sound ridiculous, I managed to burn the roof of my mouth a week ago. I don’t even know from what but it’s so bad that I’ve been taking Advil and putting Anbesol on it to dull the pain (I’m convinced it was a 3rd degree burn). It’s been a pretty constant ache all week (though I’m feeling better today, thank you very much) that has limited my food intake (not a bad thing, really) but made me slightly agitated to boot.
I used to think getting over jet lag and reverse culture shock could be cured by getting together with friends, pouring over trip images and enjoying foods from the country from which I’ve just returned. But these didn’t seem to help me this time. I’m now thinking it’s a matter of curling up on the couch and waiting for it to pass
What do you do?
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