Disclaimer: First off, if you are feeling depressed, anxious or having any thoughts of self-harm, I want to emphasize it is time to seek professional help. I am by no means qualified to treat any serious depression or mental health issues.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s move onto how we can help alleviate some of the physical and/or mental stress that comes with a move. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, moving is one of the toughest experiences anyone can go through. It takes a long time for the dust to settle after a move, but eventually this new place you live in will feel like a home. In the meantime, it is important to take care of you and your loved ones to help ease some of the stress that comes with this arduous process.
At some point in adulthood, we just have to start scheduling time to relax, but this especially becomes true during a move. It is easy to get to a point where any free time you spend, you either start thinking, research or actively working on moving-related activities. Eventually though our body and mind needs a break from all of the constant work, so make sure to schedule time to relax. Even if it just watching television, eating a piece of chocolate or sitting outside can make a huge difference.
2. Schedule Time to Process
Moving can be a time to celebrate, mourn or maybe even both. It is important to give yourself time to mentally process all the changes that are happening during a move. Whether this means crying or dancing around cheering is entirely up to you. Don’t get so busy that you have no time to process all the new changes in your life.
Taking a yoga class is a great way to heel and the mind and body of ailments that come up during a move. Take some time to go take a class at a yoga studio or even just do a yoga video in your living room.
4. Professional Counselling
Even if you aren’t going through serious depression, anxiety or what have you, it can still be a good idea to go see a counselor for at least a few sessions to talk things out. Moving is hard, so there is nothing to be ashamed of in going to talk to someone.
Don’t overdo it and start a whole new exercise regime that leaves you injured and tired, but keeping up with exercise or doing something light will keep you physically and mentally fit. Exercise helps balance out our stress hormones, so that our body literally feels less stressed after a good workout.
6. Spend Time with Friends and Family
When we get to hang out with our friends and family it gives us the support and love we need. Not to mention it gives us time to vent out all our frustrations about the move.
7. Consider Getting Help with the Move
Getting help from movers, friends, family, neighbors or whoever else you can manage is nothing to be ashamed about. Even getting the smallest bit of help is just one less thing that you have to do yourself.
8. Prepare Early
Moving is a lot more stressful when you leave everything to the last minute. Start preparing as soon as you know the moving date, so that you spread the labor over multiple days, weeks or even months.
Moving is extremely hard on the body, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Make sure that you lift items by engaging your arms, shoulders and legs– not your back. Use a dolly or straps to move your large and heavy items.
10. Get Rid of Much Stuff as Humanly Possible
The less stuff you have to move, the easier the move. Sell, give away or donate any items that you no longer use or want. Heck, I would even get away some items that I may still use if it saved me a lot of work.
11. Maintain a Healthy Diet
When we move it can be easy to slide into bad eating habits out of laziness and lack of time. Even if you do take some shortcuts try to still eat fruits and veggies to keep the immune system tuned up. It may even a good idea to supplement your diet with Vitamin C to help stave off getting sick during a move.
12. Find Doctors in New Area
Just in case you do get sick during the move it can be a good idea to establish where you can go to the doctor. If you have insurance this is particularly a good idea, so that you know what doctors are within your network.
13. Reward System
Treat yourself to one big reward or a bunch of small rewards to help motivate you to get all this work done. Even something small as ice cream can make loading up all those boxes seem a lot more bearable.
14. Know Everything Probably Won’t Go Perfectly
Setting too high of expectations for a move is bound to lead you to disappointment. Plan for something to go wrong, so that you aren’t surprised when it happens.
15. Do Not Push Yourself too Hard
Overall, the best thing you can do for yourself is to not push yourself too hard. If this means planning, getting help, taking lots of breaks- do it.
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