1. Finding the right job
There is a general perception that being a highly qualified professional from your home country will automatically qualify you for a job in Canada. While this may be true in some professions it can also be misleading for some. Many immigrants moving to Canada have the belief that since they applied for immigration via the Federal Skilled Worker Class, they would find a job right after landing in Canada. They become anxious after realizing that their credentials wouldn’t be accepted unless they update their previous education according to Canadian standards. Most immigrants go through similar situations related to their careers in Canada, causing stress and anxiety. And if they don’t find any remedy for their solution, many think about going back to their country.
2. Overcoming the language barrier
Many immigrants, especially refugees, become anxious about starting their life in Canada because of the language barrier. Not being able to communicate properly in the language of the majority is stressful and isolating. While the free classes for English language learning are offered to new immigrants, the process of learning the language can add more stress in an already long list of stressors.
3. The culture shock
5. Missing social support
6. Going through financial difficulties
- Know the cause of the anxiety – Once an individual knows the reason for their anxiety, they can work on it gradually and systematically. It is important not to ignore anxiety as it often leads to other health issues.
- Have a to-do list – Because as a newcomer, you will probably have many things to take care of, reduce the anxiety by keeping a “to do” list or a day planner at hand. With a preoccupied mind due to various responsibilities, it is easy to forget important things, and this leads to anxiety.
- Keep trying – When things aren’t working as hoped, immigrants can often feel helpless. These feelings of helplessness may lead to doing nothing at all, which can, in turn, increase in anxiety. The key to avoiding such apathy is to keep moving forward, never stop trying.
- Seek help – Don’t be ashamed of communicating your needs and concerns to others. Seek help if you need it. Reach out to neighbors and friends, religious advisors or immigrant settlement counselors.
- Volunteer – Find opportunities to work as a volunteer, as this will increase your chances of getting a job and will also reduce your anxiety in getting acquainted with the Canadian workplace. You will be able to make friends and increase your networking possibilities.