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Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

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This might seem like a strange question, but I am legitimately curious whether others also feel a little ''slower in the head'' since they've moved here

Ever since I came here, I have been experiencing a lot of headaches and dizziness; I actually feel as if my neurons are firing a little slower! Today at work my head is throbbing and I can't seem to focus or concentrate on anything, and it has been consistently happening for the year and a quarter that I've lived here. I seem to have become forgetful as well, and I have never experienced this, or was this way before; I've talked to a few people who have moved here and some of them say they feel the same thing, but aren't sure why.

Could it be the altitude? The air pressure? The climate?? Maybe the general ''slower'' pace of everyday life?

....Something in the food?

Or could it be just a coping mechanism in response to dealing with so much stress due to moving to another country? I can't really chalk it up to age, given that I'm 22 years old...

All I know is that I feel as if I have definitely lost a few IQ points, and met a few others who claimed they feel the same. Is it just a few of us then, or has anybody else experienced this, and if so, any tips as to what and why it is??


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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

Oh dear!

I feel exactly the opposite, I am loving the fresh air, simple living and good, tasty food.

I feel healthier than I have done for years
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Hello,


This might seem like a strange question, but I am legitimately curious whether others also feel a little ''slower in the head'' since they've moved here

Ever since I came here, I have been experiencing a lot of headaches and dizziness; I actually feel as if my neurons are firing a little slower! Today at work my head is throbbing and I can't seem to focus or concentrate on anything, and it has been consistently happening for the year and a quarter that I've lived here. I seem to have become forgetful as well, and I have never experienced this, or was this way before; I've talked to a few people who have moved here and some of them say they feel the same thing, but aren't sure why.

Could it be the altitude? The air pressure? The climate?? Maybe the general ''slower'' pace of everyday life?

....Something in the food?

Or could it be just a coping mechanism in response to dealing with so much stress due to moving to another country? I can't really chalk it up to age, given that I'm 22 years old...

All I know is that I feel as if I have definitely lost a few IQ points, and met a few others who claimed they feel the same. Is it just a few of us then, or has anybody else experienced this, and if so, any tips as to what and why it is??


Thanks for your input!
I get those days, head completely fuzzy, guilty feelings that I am not using my brain enough. I know of a colleague that has had this in the extreme, with months off work.
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

It's what the Swiss call Föhnkrankheit! = Foehn-wind sickness.
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

If you are not a native Swiss ... then you are picking up their vibes ....that you are illiterate and not very intelligent.

Soon you will lose your ability to find words to describe things - your original vocabulary will worsen as it is replaced with a new language - and you will still not be able to find words to describe things, because you are a foreigner, and illiterate and not very intelligent..........
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It's what the Swiss call Föhnkrankheit!

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Don't tell me it's.....DER FÖHN ?!!
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I get those days, head completely fuzzy, guilty feelings that I am not using my brain enough. I know of a colleague that has had this in the extreme, with months off work.


But those days for you are not something you have only experienced in Switzerland, correct? Or are they ?
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

Quite a few people have told me that they've experienced problems with their sinuses, headaches, etc. due to the difference in air-pressure (?) here compared to where they had moved from.

I've also wondered if maybe all the calcium in the water here could have something to do with it, especially if you're not use to it? Not sure...

But I do *strongly* suggest taking a multi-vitamin... especially one with a lot of the important B-vitamins and also getting enough iron. Of course, it's best to get all the proper vitamins through actual foods, but you have to be a very healthy eater to really achieve that. I know that I can feel a huge difference in my energy-level and "neurological functions" when I have been taking the vitamins.

Hope you feel better soon!

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Quite a few people have told me that they've experienced problems with their sinuses, headaches, etc. due to the difference in air-pressure (?) here compared to where they had moved from.

I've also wondered if maybe all the calcium in the water here could have something to do with it, especially if you're not use to it? Not sure...

But I do *strongly* suggest taking a multi-vitamin... especially one with a lot of the important B-vitamins and also getting enough iron. Of course, it's best to get all the proper vitamins through actual foods, but you have to be a very healthy eater to really achieve that. I know that I can feel a huge difference in my energy-level when I have been taking the vitamins.

Hope you feel better soon!
Ja .. I used to be a big robust healthy doctor-less person in SA. But here I have been reduced to a snivelling hay fever allergy prone wreck with dry hair, high-blood pressure, and ... a doctor!
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

i feel slow, but good slow.. Not rushing chasing things and feeling let down etc..

its a good slow, enjoy it..
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

Yes - I was never sick at all before I moved here. I lived in Australia and literally didn't have a day off for years. Moving to Switzerland I got and still get lots of headaches which have developed into Migraines. May - Sept are the worst months for me, feels like there is no air at all.

Perhaps it's connected with altitude? Atmosphere? I don't know - but basically yes, I get this feeling fairly often here and didn't get it elsewhere. But it could also be that I take public transport here and you're really exposed to tons of germs and bugs on the trams. In oz I cycled everyday and in other countries used a car - so it could also be a factor.
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Yeah, moving to a country where cannabis is practically legal will do that to you.
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Ja .. I used to be a big robust healthy doctor-less person in SA. But here I have been reduced to a snivelling hay fever allergy prone wreck with dry hair, high-blood pressure, and ... a doctor!

Dear God, no... and a Swiss doctor at that

I heard they don't even use gloves and try to cure everything by smearing vaseline all over you!
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Hello,


This might seem like a strange question, but I am legitimately curious whether others also feel a little ''slower in the head'' since they've moved here
Could it be the altitude? The air pressure? The climate?? Maybe the general ''slower'' pace of everyday life?
All I know is that I feel as if I have definitely lost a few IQ points, and met a few others who claimed they feel the same. Is it just a few of us then, or has anybody else experienced this, and if so, any tips as to what and why it is??

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If you are not a native Swiss ... then you are picking up their vibes ....that you are illiterate and not very intelligent.

Soon you will lose your ability to find words to describe things - your original vocabulary will worsen as it is replaced with a new language - and you will still not be able to find words to describe things, because you are a foreigner, and illiterate and not very intelligent..........
Yes on all accounts. Headaches ranging from nagging pings to knock-down migraines. I also feel like I have lost every management skill I had ever perfected. My comprehension when listening and reading is highly impaired. It takes me much longer to collect my thoughts before I can form an opinion much less verbalize one (because my vocabulary has become impaired... I can't even think of simple words like "log" and "socks".) And the other day when I was asked to organize a 30 minute meeting I about had a panic attack at the thought of actually having to organize and lead something for other people to follow!!!! [CLUTCH THE PEARLS]loud scream[/CLUTCH THE PEARLS]

Before coming here, none of this was a problem, despite the ADHD. It really is a mystery to me. Although it helps to understand why Swiss sometimes just stop dead in their tracks and start turning in place looking dazed and confused... or do they just have a laggy internet connection? Oh I don't know anymore...
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It is an ailment I believe they call "going native". It impairs your ability to question, disseminate and negotiate. Strangely, your abilities to discriminate are actually enhanced.

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Only when driving behind a car with BE plates
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I get it and much more, and in many places, but all the symptoms mysteriously disappear when I go back home and down to sea level again. It seems to be the altitude, the humidity or lack of it, the static electricity, the limescale, the... the...
Any excuse for me to have regular visits home...
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Maybe it's hayfever? Or have you started any new medication recently? Or have you been eating too much fondue...?
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air pressure is different so it's normal, I slowed down to an almost complete halt when I was in Okinawa, Japan. The location can definitely impact on how you act and feel.
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Oh dear!

... and good, tasty food.
Are you living in Switzerland?
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