How do I Keep My Sanity During a Move?
Moving is known to be a top stressor for people, ranking right up there with divorce, loss of a job, or even the death of a loved one! Moving can be an exciting adventure but once it begins it may feel more like a drain on you. Here are some strategies to help you mentally and emotionally survive a move:
Planning is key to a successful move. Start early, make checklists, and create a timeline for your move. This can help reduce the stress of last-minute preparations. Be prepared with materials well in advance and have it all available (paper, boxes, tape, markers etc).
Set aside time on your calendar. Organize your belongings and declutter. Decide what to keep, what to donate or sell, and what to discard. This will make packing and unpacking easier and help you feel more in control.
Reach out to friends and family for emotional support. They can be a source of comfort during a difficult transition. And, if you make it fun by providing good food, drinks and maybe some lively music you might also enlist their help with the preparation!
Stick to your daily routines as much as possible. This can provide a sense of stability and normalcy during a period of change.
Prioritize self-care activities such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies that help you relax and de-stress. Take care of yourself by getting enough sleep so that you start each day fresh.
Focus on the positive aspects of the move, such as new opportunities, experiences, or a fresh start. Cultivate a positive mindset. And, the day of the move, have fun with your movers! They are there to help you and do all the heavy lifting—literally. The more you make it enjoyable for them by providing help, guidance and maybe some snacks or lunch, the happier they will be and the better the process will go.
Once you have reached your new destination, keep in touch with loved ones, even if they are far away. Technology makes it easier than ever to stay connected.
Explore Your New Environment
Familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. Explore the neighborhood, find local amenities, and make it a point to meet your new neighbors.
Set Realistic Expectations
Understand that adjusting to a new place takes time. Don't expect everything to fall into place immediately. Be patient with yourself.
Find a Support System
Consider joining local clubs, groups, or online communities related to your interests. Meeting new people can help you feel more at home.
Change is a part of life, and moving is a significant change. Embrace it as an opportunity for personal growth and new experiences.
Create a Comfort Zone
Personalize your new living space with familiar items, photos, and decorations that bring comfort and a sense of home.
Learn About the Local Culture
If you've moved to a new country or region with a different culture, take time to learn about the local customs, traditions, and etiquette. This can help you feel more integrated.
Remember that it's entirely normal to feel a mix of emotions during a move, including stress, anxiety, and sadness. Be patient with yourself and give yourself time to adjust. Over time, as you settle into your new home and community, you'll likely find that the emotional challenges become more manageable.
Don’t forget to locate a mover near you, request an estimate and get on their schedule early to be sure you can move on the date that works best for you and your family.
At Cross Town Movers we can help you with all your moving needs: reorganizing, packing, or moving, we can do just about anything! Please call us at (208)-378-0226 to get a free estimate and speak with us about other ideas to plan for a stress free move!