9. If you survive the third stage successfully (or miss it completely) you will move into the fourth stage of culture shock called the "recovery phase" or the "at-ease-at-last phase." In this stage you become more comfortable with the language and you also feel more comfortable with the customs of the host country. You can now move around without a feeling of anxiety. You still have problems with some of the social cues and you may still not understand everything people say (especially idioms). However, you are now 90% adjusted to the new culture and you start to realize that no country is that much better than another - it is just different lifestyles and different ways to deal with the problems of life.

Not all health problems are physical, some are mental. Culture shock can sometimes create mental or emotional problems. Remember that your identity is changing in the new culture and that change can upset your emotional balance.

If you feel like you are having these kinds of problems, it is very important to find someone who speaks your native language so that you can talk about your problems.

Most colleges and universities will have someone who speaks your language and will help you. Talk to your teacher if you do not know how to contact this person.

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