How to Cope With the Stress of Moving
Learning how to cope with the stress of moving is crucial
for keeping your mental and physical health levels high.
By Marcus Chris
Moving to a new place with your family is a chance for a new beginning. Some people move because they want to, others because they have to. However you look at it, it's a fresh start. While relocation is mostly a positive thing, it is accompanied by a lot of stress. And you should know that stress is a tricky thing. Most of the time you don't even notice it, it since we are used to having stressful situations from time to time. But, stress accumulates in our bodies, and if we don't release it in some way, it can be very dangerous for our health in the long run. That is why you should learn how to cope with the stress of moving.
Learn to recognize it
The first thing you should do is figure out what is a stressful situation for you. Not everyone is triggered by the same events, and what could be a potential source of stress for me could be a trivial and unmeaningful thing for you. Dealing with stress requires that you first learn who you are.
Possible stress sources when moving
To cope with the stress of moving, one must know what the possible sources of stress could be. First of all, there is a fear that you won't finish everything on time. Being behind schedule is a nightmare for many people. Second, you can forget to pack some of the important belongings you have and leave them by accident. Furthermore, there is the financial aspect of the move. Will you have enough money to cover all the expenses? Also, when moving, you are cutting a lot of connections with the people you know, and you will miss them over time. Many have to leave their boyfriends or girlfriends.
However, stress sources might not be strictly connected to the process of moving. Many people have stress-related situations even after the move. For example, will they like it in the new city? How are they going to find a job? When they move to a different country, there is also a language barrier.
For kids, their main concern is, will they fit into the new environment? Will they like their new school and new friends?
How to cope with the stress of moving?
Once you understand what stressful situations are for you, you can start dealing with them in the best possible way. Since it is not so easy to cope with the stress of moving, here are some tips and advice on how to tackle this problem.
Dealing with the technicalities of moving
If you make sure that your relocation goes smooth and without any issues, the level of stress in your body will drop substantially. To do so, you must deal with the technicalities of moving, like finding an affordable moving company, organizing packing, etc. If you've never moved before, you will be unfamiliar with the process, and you probably won't know what to expect. One of the best advice I can give you is to learn what your moving contract should include. Once you know all the details, you will feel like you are more in control.
Get some help
If you have a lot of tasks to finish, or an abundance of belongings to pack, it is imperative that you find help. Do not put the entire burden of relocation on your shoulders. If you are moving with your family, make sure that everyone is included in the process. Find a task for everyone.
If you are moving alone, get in touch with your friends and ask them to help you. You can even make a day out of it, do some barbecuing, and reminisce about the old days.
Start learning the language
Once you realize that you are moving to a new country, you should start learning the basics of the language. There are many free apps and courses online, so you can at least learn some common phrases and sentences. You will feel more connected with your new home. Also, knowing the language eliminates the fear of the unknown.
Find a way to relax your body and your mind
One of the key components for a successful change in your life is knowing how to relax your body and mind. We all have activities that make us happy. Do not forget to allocate some time to do them! Do not put your life on hold while organizing a relocation. If you make it into a complicated and hard process, that is exactly what you will get. Instead, you should treat the relocation as a short transitional period in your life. Take it seriously, but understand that it's only for a moment, and then your regular life goes on.
With that in mind, go on a family lunch or dinner with your loved ones. Book a day in the spa, or spend some casual time with your friends. Whatever makes you forget about worries and relax for a few minutes!
Have a farewell party
If you are concerned about leaving your friends behind, a farewell party is always a good thing. It is an opportunity to be together with the people you care about. This age of technology makes communication easier than ever. You can talk to a person on the other side of the planet in just a few simple steps. So, make sure to exchange e-mails and phone numbers, and stay in touch with your friends!
After the move
Once the relocation is done, there will be a transition period in which you will have to get used to the new city and the new environment. Here is when depression and homesickness can kick in. The best way to cope with the stress of moving is to spend your time re-decorating your new home and making it a nice place to live in. It is also smart to exercise, so join a gym. That's the best way to release some stress!
Marcus Chris is a life coach and a passionate writer. With over 6 years of experience, he has dedicated his time to helping people find peace and happiness in their lives.