When you go to another country to study, there are many changes in your life. The food is different, the weather is different, and life is different. All those changes sometimes cause students to gain weight or lose weight. Sometimes students sleep more or sleep less. Sometimes students get sick from all the stress they feel.
All students feel some stress when they go to a new country and when they are going to a new school. At the new school, everything is different. You aren’t sure what your teachers want, you aren’t sure if you are going to make friends with the other students, you aren’t sure if you are going to learn enough English. It is normal to feel a little nervous and worried. It is enough stress for anyone.
If you have been in Canada for a month or more, you may be feeling the effects of culture shock, because of all the differences between Canada and your country.
There are some things you can do to help with stress:
- do exercise regularly
- eat well, and don’t eat too much junk food
- get enough sleep
- talk to someone about how you feel and what you are worried about
- spend time with other people
- go out for a walk – even if the weather isn’t good!
- don’t use alcohol, cigarettes or drugs too much
To get more information about stress, read this pamphlet from Concordia Health Services about Stress Management.