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Helpful Tips for Decreasing Stress While Relocating


Moving can be an incredibly stressful experience, regardless of whether you’re relocating across town or across the country. It often seems like everything takes longer than expected, and the items you need to move always weigh more than anticipated. To add to the frustration, scheduling an appointment with your internet provider to get set up in your new place can feel like a never-ending challenge.

It’s no wonder people absolutely dread moving.

If you have a big move coming up, here are some tips to help you reduce stress:

1. Face the Realities

Every significant event in human history has encountered unforeseen obstacles. It is important to expect the unexpected and to go with the flow as best you can.

2. Ensure You Have Enough Time

Insufficient time allocation is one of the leading causes of stress during a move. Packing up a small apartment may take only two days, but a larger house that you have lived in for over ten years could require a week or two. It is advisable to allocate more time than you think you need to avoid feeling rushed.

Furthermore, it is important to allocate sufficient time for other moving-related tasks such as setting up utilities at your new residence, finding a suitable moving company, and cleaning your previous home. These tasks can also be time-consuming, so it’s essential to plan ahead and give yourself ample time to complete them.

3. Keep Things in Order

To effectively manage stress during a move, it is crucial to maintain an organized approach. This can involve purchasing and organizing moving supplies, labeling boxes, and packing in a methodical manner. By staying organized, you can maintain a sense of control, even when things may feel chaotic. Utilizing tools such as lists and a day planner can also help you stay on top of tasks and prevent important details from being overlooked.

4. Seek Help from Others

It’s important to remember that you don’t have to do everything on your own during a move. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Sometimes, simply having a friend or family member keep you company while you pack can boost your mood and ease stress levels. To ensure that your loved ones can assist you, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and give them ample notice. Giving them a week’s notice, for example, can increase the likelihood of them being available to help.

Is moving fun? Nope.

Moving may not be an enjoyable experience, but if you ensure you have enough time, keep things in order, seek help from others, and face the realities that unexpected events can occur, your relocation can be much more seamless.

If you’re still suffering from stress and anxiety, and like to explore options or talk to someone about your feelings about your big move, please get in touch with me. I’d be happy to discuss how I may help. Let’s schedule a time to talk.




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