4 Tips for Reducing Stress While Moving
Whether it’s across town or across country, moving is one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through. Everything takes longer and weighs more than you initially thought, and the internet provider never seems to have any openings to come out to your new place and get you hooked up!
It’s no wonder people absolutely dread moving.
If you have a big move coming up, here are some tips to help you reduce the stress:
No move in the history of mankind has ever gone off without a hitch. It is important to expect the unexpected and to go with the flow as best you can.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
One of the biggest reasons people get stressed while they’re moving is because they didn’t give themselves enough time. While a small apartment may take two days to fully pack up, a three or four bedroom house you’ve lived in for over a decade may take closer to a week or two. It’s always best to give yourself more time and not less.
Be sure to give yourself plenty of time with other aspects of moving as well. For instance, setting up the utilities in your new home, researching the right moving company, and giving your old home a thorough clean. These projects will all take time as well.
Keeping stress at bay will require you to stay organized. From buying moving supplies to labeling boxes to packing, organization will help you stay in control when things could easily spin out of control. So make lists and use a day planner to stay on top of your tasks.
Ask for Help
Don’t feel you need to do everything by yourself. If you need help, ask for it. Sometimes even just having some company from a friend or family member while you pack can lift your spirits. And try and plan ahead. Give your loved ones a heads up a week out so there is more of a chance they can say “yes.”
Focus on Being There
Imagine how great it’ll be when you get there. Ok, not right away, but eventually. Take a few minutes to explore places you’d like to visit including a breakfast spot, somewhere to get take out while you unpack, or a local gym you want to join. Motivation can come from imagining what it’ll be like when you get there.
Is moving fun? Nope. But if you give yourself plenty of time, stay organized, ask for help, accept the fact that stuff happens, and imagine what it’ll be like when you get there, your move is likely to go much more smoothly.
P. Dianne Presley, LCSW
Believe, Hope, Inspire Wellness Services LLC
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