Moving to a new place can be one of the most exciting times of your life. But, it can also be the most stressful.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with the enormity of moving; you’re not alone – research shows that it can be as emotionally and mentally stressful as losing a job, suffering a serious illness, a divorce, and even death of someone close to you.
10 Ways to Cope With All the Stress of Moving to a New Place
However, while beginning a new life and moving to a new place has the potential to be highly stressful, there are some ways that you can manage this stress. Take a look at these 10 tips to reduce your stress during this time and embrace the new adventure.
Manage Your Mindset
Sometimes moving to a new place is not your choice, and if it was a choice influenced by external factors then you may find yourself in a negative mindset. Chances are, you probably aren’t too happy about having to move.
Well, take some time to feel your emotions- but then let them go. You cannot move forward with one foot still in the past. Just embrace the change, and make the best of it.
Do Your Homework
Take some time to research the new area that you are going to be calling home, especially if the new place is far away from where you currently live. Before you move into a completely new and alien environment, it can help if you familiarize yourself with the new environment before you arrive there.
Research an apartment leasing guide and what places offer things that you enjoy doing, your hobbies or interests. Familiarize yourself with the important things as well, look for your favorite grocery store, department store, schools or malls. The more research you do, the more prepared you will feel.
Do Your Planning
After you have done your research, it’s time to break out the whiteboard or journal and start planning. This is especially important for people who tend to procrastinate- the move is stressful enough so don’t torture yourself by leaving everything for the last minute.
Even if you think you have everything organized and ready, there will always be outliers to throw you off course so plan everything that you can so that these outliers can be handled smoothly. If you are moving a whole household with a family, then you already know that you have your work cut out for you. It’s never too early to start planning.
Hire Your Movers
Part of the research and planning process is sourcing professional movers and hiring them in advance. Yes, professional movers may add an extra cost into the mix but there’s no price for your sanity- and professional movers can save you plenty of stress and potentially early grey hairs, sleepless nights and aching muscles.
Acknowledge Your Needs
Don’t lose yourself in the rush and chaos of moving to a new place. If moving your home wasn’t your choice, chances are you are feeling a little down about it. Acknowledge this instead of bottling it inside. This will help you to make peace with them so that you can embrace the new chapter of your life.
Find Your Support
Do not shy away from asking for help. In all stages of the move; before, during and after, you will feel overwhelmed. This is the time to ask for help, whether it is to ask your sister to babysit or to ask a friend to help you out with some research or emotional support. Surround yourself with people that support you even through the rough patches.
Plan Your Future With Old Friends
One of the things that makes moving an emotionally tough thing is saying goodbye to friends. Especially if you are moving to a place that makes seeing them on a regular basis more difficult. To help with the emotional toll, set a date in the future that you can see your friends again.
Even if it is months in advance, the fact that you have set an intention to see them will help you to deal with leaving your friends behind.
Meet Your Neighbors
One of the best things that you can do when moving to a new place is to simply introduce yourself to the neighbors. In the first few weeks, it can be really helpful to have a friendly face nearby that can offer assistance should you and your family need it.
Find New Experiences
Moving to a new place means that you get to start over. Why not wholeheartedly embrace this?
If you want to make new friends then finding new experiences and hobbies can be a great way to meet new people that have similar interests.
Create Your Routine
A new place means that you and your family will have to establish new routines. Why? Well, because life as you know it is about to dramatically change. If you have lived a long time in the place you are about to leave then you probably have your routine all figured out.
And while you cannot exactly create your new routine until you arrive there, you can mentally prepare for the coming change. Many people struggle the first few months after arriving in a new place because they did not realize how fundamentally different everything would be.
Simple things can change, for example, if you enjoyed a morning workout before your short commute to work this could change because you could end up with a longer commute to work and less time to fit in a morning stretch. So, try to incorporate the things that you love to do with a new routine.
If you are reading this and still finding it difficult to embrace the coming change, keep in mind that the cliché saying “the only constant is change” is said so often because it is true. This is a new beginning and you will find it easier to embrace it and move forward towards a new chapter in your life.