An estimated 43 million Americans relocate every year. Moving comes with stress, challenges and plenty of unknowns. Why not make things easier on yourself and learn how to cope with it?
How to Move House Without Emotional Stress
1. Have a positive attitude. Your attitude can have a lot to do with your happiness. If you expect the moving process to be miserable, it more likely will be. If you try and be positive about it, it can be a good experience. Moving is a time to assess what is important in your life. It gives you the opportunity to get rid of the old stuff that you don’t need and start fresh. Just because moving is stressful doesn’t mean you have to have a complete meltdown. Keep a positive attitude and you can change the entire experience.
2. Learning about or visiting a city before moving. Do some research on the town you’re moving to is the best way to make the transition easier. Find out where the best restaurants are and look for parks near your new home. Check out your child’s new school on the internet and find out where the coffee shop in on your future commute to work. Taking these steps will have you feeling familiar when you get to your new town.
3. Stay organized when moving. Staying organized is a great way to save yourself time and energy during a move. Leave yourself plenty of time categorize, label and pack everything. Moving also entails changing your address, canceling subscriptions and services and making sure your home is nice and clean for the new owners. Think ahead and stay as organized as possible to reduce stress.
4. Use the right moving supplies. Part of staying organized is using the right supplies and hiring professionals when you are in doubt. Even the simplest moves can leave items damaged or broken. The risk becomes higher with long-distance moves so take extra care before and during the move to keep all your belongings safe. Use sturdy boxes, bubble wrap and blankets.
5. Let yourself feel emotions when moving. Moving is a life-changing experience and will come with many emotions. You might feel excitement, sadness, fear and anxiety with the unknown and saying goodbye. Bottling these emotions up will just make you feel more overwhelmed. Lean on your family and friends for support and allow yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling at the given moment to handle the stress that comes with a move.
6. Settle in as quickly as possible. Moving is stressful because it disrupts your regular routine. When you get to your new home, there will be furniture and boxes everywhere. To get things back on track it’s important get the unpacking done as soon as possible. Another way to settle in is to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Doing so allows you to integrate into your new community and feel more at home.