The Stages of Cultural Adjustment – Part 1 of 3

Article published on EASY MILANO – August 1, 2016 When thinking about and planning to move to a new country, the number of logistical preparations to take care of can seem endless.  Especially if you are moving not just by yourself, but with a partner and children in tow.  Sorting out housing, schools, cars, documents […]

Intercultural Relationships – Sometimes It Doesn’t Work Out

You fell madly in love with an Italian man, someone who wasn’t like anyone else you had ever met.  You quickly realized you could see yourself with this person in a permanent way.  You decided you were willing – happy – to leave your own life behind and move across the world to be with […]

Anxiety and The Ex-pat

What is anxiety? The word has become so common in today’s lexicon, and more people than ever before suffer from and seek treatment for anxiety, making it one of the most prevalent mental health issues of our time. For example, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental […]

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment – Part 3 of 3

Article published on EASY MILANO – September 22, 2016 In part two of the series, we left off discussing stage three of cultural adjustment, adaptation, in which you were beginning to reach a place of understanding and acceptance of your new culture, and you found yourself feeling more like the person you were back in […]

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment – Part 2 of 3

Article published on EASY MILANO – September 1, 2016 In part one, we left off discussing stage two of the process of cultural adjustment, in which you were experiencing full-blown culture shock and all the frustrations and challenges that go with it.  Again, this can be the most difficult stage of adapting to a new […]

Staying in Milan With Kids This Summer? Stay Sane and Have Fun!

Article published on EASY MILANO – June 1, 2017 It’s nearly here again…summer!  And with it comes the end of another school year and the start of what seems to be both the fastest and slowest season of the year, depending on where you’re sitting.  Some of you have summer calendars already jammed so full […]

TCK’s: What Does It Mean?

So many of us grew up with parents from the same country, although perhaps from different regions.  Parents who very often had different socioeconomic, political, religious and academic backgrounds, and who undoubtedly had very different family cultures and traditions.  In the end, each and every family becomes it’s own version of an intercultural union, even […]

Relocation: A Chance for Reinvention

Article published on EASY MILANO – October 1, 2019 There are times in life when we all wish we could have a clean slate, a kind of “do over.”  For those of you who have moved abroad and begun a whole new life, you know that’s exactly what you get: a completely fresh start and […]

Resolute Resolutions

It’s a new year!  The time when many of us think – or at least talk – about making some new year’s resolutions.  But, why do we think we’re any more likely to resolve to do something new, something different, on January 1, rather than, say, June 29?  A new year’s resolution is a declaration […]

Managing Holiday Stress by Managing Your Daily Habits

Article published on EASY MILANO – November 27, 2023 Here we go again…the holidays!  For some, it really is the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of us, it’s more of a mixed bag: stress, added expenses, family (with all the good and all the challenges), travel, illness, and of course, food, […]