The best thing you can do when feeling in a funk after your travels.

Have you recently returned home from long term travels?

Returning home from travelling, living or simply holidaying abroad can leave you with a wide range of mixed emotions. From unsettled and sad to excited and happy to confused and lost. There are so many different reasons you might be feeling this way. Perhaps it’s a result of the awareness and experiences you had if a different culture, a shift in mindset and perception, a realisation of how different developing nations are compared to the western world, seeing poverty and people live with very little.

The above reasons may be mixed in with issues such as lack of finances, change of friendships or new career moves. No wonder this transition makes people feel overwhelmed. There is so much going on, so many changes within you, with what your doing and the new ways you are thinking and feeling about things.

So what do you do?

There are many things you can do if your struggling with the transition of Reverse Culture Shock. But undeniably the most important area of focus is around mindset. To create a conscious awareness around your thoughts and start to take control and own what you are thinking about so, if need be you can start to change it.

What is Mindset?

Mindset is our ‘way of thinking’ and our opinions. This way of thinking predetermines our responses to and interpretations of situations. How we perceive things. It’s how you see and experience the world.

Most of the time (unless you have a very well trained mind) your mindset works on an unconscious level, it’s not something you have consciously thought about. Essentially it’s a habit you have created. Many factors can affect your mindset, but ultimately you have programmed yourself to think the way you do. This could involve certain beliefs that have been ingrained in you from a very early age, states of being such a positivity and negativity and this could be different in the different aspects of your life. You could think very positively about your financial situation yet have many negative thoughts when it comes to friendships and relationships.

These habits, beliefs and thought patterns are neural pathways that you have created in your mind by being, thinking and acting the same way over and over again in the certain situation. Essentially it is ingrained and programmed in your mind. The good news is you have complete control over it all and the ability to change it, if you have conscious awareness.

Change your state and create new beliefs for yourself.

If you are constantly feeling sad, upset, confused, lost or frustrated with certain areas of your life, it is worth looking at what your thoughts are creating around those areas and begin making changes. There are many ways you can start to tap into your mind and create new behaviors and patterns.

Change the way you look at things and the way you look at things change.
— Wayne Dyer


To meditate is simply to focus and calm your mind. There are many ways to do this by using guided and scripted meditations, to focus on a mantra, to include chanting, to empty your mind of all thoughts. The way we meditate is wide and varied. So often with meditation our thoughts will drift away from our focus, the idea is to recognise this and to bring your focus back to your present moment.


Visualising how you want to show up and be in your life is another effective tool that you can use to change your state and create new beliefs about yourself and your life. You want to think about exactly what you want to be, do or have and see it in your mind's eye. This may be challenging at first but create a picture or image of you in the future showing up as the person you ultimately want to be.

Visualisation is made stronger by including in feelings and emotions. Consciously bring about the feelings you want to have with the change of state and connect with them in your body. Feelings may include excitement, joy, happiness, inner peace, love. The list goes on.

Conscious creation and showing up as how you want to be.

Once you know exactly the place you would like to be living from you have to challenge yourself to break your mould and show up as that person. That means catching old beliefs and thought patterns and choosing to respond and react differently. Giving yourself the opportunity to choose again in any given situation where you think or act in a way that no longer serves the best version of yourself.

Acting out and changing your state can take a lot of time. You need to start breaking down the neural pathways in your mind and creating new ones. This involves awareness, consciousness and the desire to want to change. As with anything we want to change, many people find useful to be held accountable. Find someone who you can share the changes you are making so they can hold you accountable to your words.


Moving your body is a powerful way of changing your state of being. Ever noticed when you go for a walk or a run or go to a workout that you stop thinking and focus. That's because movement and exercise release endorphins. Endorphins are hormones that physiologically change your state and give you feelings of joy, happiness and euphoria.

Final Thoughts

If you are feeling the effects of Reverse Culture Shock, start by looking at your mindset. Ask yourself these questions...

  1. What thoughts am I thinking that are making me feel this way?

  2. How do I want to feel?

  3. How can I change my state, in this very moment, to make me feel the way I want to.

Consciously start to take control and reprogram your mind to a place that serves you better.


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Abby Lewtas

Hi I'm Abby, Adventurer, Life coach, Speaker and Blogger.

After a successful sporting career I now love sharing what I have learned from my adventures and traveling the world.

I believe in turning into your adventurous life through your intuition and the little nudges from the universe.

Lets share the adventure. xo