How to Cope With Moving Anxiety?
By Lisa Roberts
Moving is one of the most stressful life events, changing the environment is a big step, no matter how old you are. So, how to cope with moving anxiety and all the stress you will have during your relocation process? Your health must be always in the first place, no matter what.
Deal with relocation and calm down. There are some tips that should help you stay positive, organized, and far away from stressful situations that can increase the level of your anxiety. Being prepared is always highly recommended, so you will know what to expect.
Tips to cope with moving anxiety
How to be happier in life? How to stay away from stress? Especially if you are moving long-distance. There is a lot to handle and to take care of. Just follow these simple tips and you should have anxiety-free moving, wherever you move.
Don't let feelings overwhelm you and your goals
If you are organized during the relocation, there are fewer chances to be anxious. It is one of the ways to cope with moving anxiety and the crazy schedule.
- Get rid of old items and declutter before packing. You will have less to move, that means – less stress to handle. Decide what to donate, sell, or toss.
- Collect moving boxes and start early with packing them. Doing it on the last-minute will make you nervous and anxious. Label each box and unpacking will be much easier and stress-free.
- Make a moving checklist and try to follow it. Write down all the things you should do before and after moving.
- If you are moving with a family, assign tasks to other members too. You can’t do everything by yourself and have anxious-free relocation.
Take care of yourself
There are many challenges we face on a regular basis, almost every day. Time goes faster, we are busy, plus we need to take care of kids, house, we are worrying about job, money, etc. With all those challenges, we forget to take care of ourselves. Especially when moving.
- Pay attention to your feelings and what your body tries to tell you to cope with moving anxiety. Many people after moving become depressive, even if they have plenty of reasons to move.
- Before you move, organize a party and invite all your friends and family. Say goodbye to them, and also, say goodbye to all your favorite spots in the city. Starting a new life somewhere else is very emotional.
- It is a good idea to go to therapy or talk to someone you trust. Talking about feelings and concerns is very helpful. Relief all the stress out by speaking about it.
- If you are moving with kids, encourage them to open up. Moving is hard for them too.
- Don’t change your routine too much. Family dinner, nights out with friends, exercising, don’t skip those things.
Adjust to a new neighborhood
After you changed your address, unfortunately, the process is not over yet. New people, neighbors, environment, culture, it is a lot to handle. Adjusting to a new city after moving is sometimes a long process. Depending on where you will move and with whom.
- Time will heal almost everything, so give yourself a time to adjust after moving to a new location. Explore the city, meet the locals. It is not good to start working immediately after moving.
- Set new routines and don’t forget the old ones. For example, if you moved near the beach, enjoy each weekend swimming and relaxing on the sand.
- When it comes to unpacking, do it as you feel. Some people love to unpack quickly, others will unpack as needed. Choose the less-stressful option for you.
- If there are things you always wanted to do and try, now is the time.
A period after moving is very important for human’s mental health
Ask for help
There are 2 main options to relocate:
- By hiring a moving company
- Moving by yourself and asking friends for help
Both ways are fine. But help is required, professional or not.
If you choose to hire a company for your next relocation and have professional help by your side, it is an easier and safer solution. A moving company is experienced, so you do not have to worry about transportation. And if you hire a full-service mover, then they will organize the entire process. From beginning to the end. Packing, unpacking, transporting household items, loading and unloading moving boxes from a moving vehicle, etc. Just make sure you are hiring a reliable company with insurance and license.
On the other hand, if you want to pack and move by yourself, still you need to have help. Lifting and carrying large and heavy furniture is not a job for one person. Ask a couple of friends for help. If relocation is local, this option is not bad, and it won’t be too much stressing. But, if you are moving to another city or state, it is better to hire a company.
Enjoy after moving
It is important for wellbeing to enjoy simple things in life. After moving, enjoy and relax. If you are moving with a family, spend time together, go on a vacation and let all the stress out of your body. Light up the candles, make your favorite drink, invite friends to come over and see your new apartments, read a book, etc.
Don't sit in the house all day long. Enjoy and meet new people
To cope with moving anxiety successfully, you should avoid a stressful situation in life. Remember, your health is the most important thing, and you deserve to relax after all the hard work. You and your body need it.