How to Handle Moving Stress

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General Moving

Anyone who has moved can tell you that the experience is stressful.  Even people who encounter no problems in their move will still concede that the process can test your patience and sanity.  And while most will say that you can’t erase stress from the moving process, there are ways that you can reduce it.

Plan, Plan, Plan

One reason moving to a new home presents such a challenge is all the moving parts that go into the process.  You need to find the movers, or rent a truck to get your possessions from Home A to Home B.  Packing up your life will require patience and organization.  Nailing down all of the things you need to move is time consuming, so giving yourself ample time to set things up before the big day will be helpful.  Making lists can help give you some direction on where to start.  Scheduling out what needs to be done and when gives you goals to meet and will help you feel in control and on target with your move.

Take Care of Yourself

Sometimes you can get so caught up in a move that you neglect your well being.  While you are focused on being as efficient as possible, not taking the time to care for yourself will end up adding more stress to the process.  Eating and sleeping are a must during moving.  Neglecting these basic necessities will leave you irritable and potentially even sick.  That extra two hours of packing can get done the next day when you are nourished and well rested.

Prepare for the Unexpected

Even when you have meticulously planned for a move, often times something will come up you didn’t account for.  An extra cost pops up, or the movers encounter an issue and must cancel.  Having a backup plan can give you peace of mind.  Maybe have a list of alternate moving companies.  Or maybe ask a friend to be on call with their truck in case something falls through.  Typically only minor inconveniences pop up.  When they do, you will want to do your best to remain calm.  You can replace items that break and if you are a few minutes behind schedule you will still make it to your new home.  Do your best to go with the flow and ride the waves of the moving process.

You Don’t Have to do Everything the First Night

It is easy to tell yourself that you can quickly work through all your boxes.  This is easier said than done.  A big part in settling into your new home is getting everything unpacked and the boxes put away.  And while you won’t want to spend the first year working through boxes, you should remember that you aren’t Superman.  You don’t have to have everything put away by the first night or even the first week.  Depending on the size of your home it could take months to get everything put away and all your rooms furnished and looking complete.

Allow Yourself Time to Adjust

Even if you are moving across town, you will still feel some anxiety about uprooting your life.  It’s ok to feel unsettled for a bit.  Give yourself time to adjust to your new home and new neighborhood.  Remember why you decided to move and try to embrace the adventure of being in a new neighborhood, town, or state.  Do your best to push yourself a little outside your comfort zone.  This can help you get acquainted with your new surroundings and meet new people.

Moving will probably never be without stress.  You have to deal with the complications of scheduling and the emotional toll change always brings.  And while you will encounter some trepidation when moving, remember you are not alone.  Do your best to stay calm and try to reduce stress.  Chat with friends and family about how you are feeling.  Anyone who has moved can empathize with your feelings.

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