Moving is one of the most stressful life events, and here’s what you can do to turn it into a positive experience
Moving, either across the ocean or just around the corner, is a big step to make. And like every big step in our lives, it makes us feel anxious and stressed. Not only do we have to deal with all those moving-related things like packing and making sure everything arrives safely at our new address, but we also have to deal with saying goodbye to everybody and preparing for a cultural shock. Doing all of this in just a couple of weeks is more than overwhelming. So, no wonder why moving is one of the most stressful life events. But there is a way to make it easier and turn it into a positive experience. If you want to know more, keep on reading.
Start Planning Ahead of Time
One of the most important things you have to do when moving is to start planning ahead of time. Depending on the size of your move, start planning anywhere from one month to three months in advance. Of course, you do not have to plan every single detail of this move, but try to incorporate all the major aspects like finding a new home, selling the current one, finding movers, gathering packing materials, etc. All of this will require a lot of your time and energy; thus, the sooner you start, the better. When having enough time on your hands, coping with stressful situations will be easier!
Hire Professionals to Help You Out
If planning a relocation is just too stressful for you, consider hiring a professional moving agency. They will come with their own moving truck and their own packing materials. Moreover, they will pack and prepare everything safely and transport it to your new address. Simply said, they will do everything moving-related, so you won’t have to. Your only job here is to explore your options and choose wisely which moving company you will hire. Make sure to choose one that suits your needs and your budget above anything else!
Seek Help and Support from Your Loved Ones
In case your budget does not allow you to hire professional movers, be sure to seek help from your loved ones. You will need their assistance for moving-related situations like heavy lifting, disassembling furniture, carrying boxes, loading the moving truck, etc. But you will also need them for emotional support. So, call your friends, family members, neighbors, or even colleagues. The more hands-on deck, the better.
Unclutter Your Home and Your Life
We all get too attached and sentimental about material things. But, in many cases, this habit turns us into hoarders, it crowds our home, and it makes moving a nightmare. It is simple – the more items you have, the more money, time, and energy you will need for their relocation. So, save yourself from that trouble and simply unclutter your home before moving. Trust us, unclutter your home, and you will also unclutter your life! Eventually, this will help you shift from unhappiness to happiness, too, once you have ridden yourself of unnecessary material burden! Thus, bring only the things that are absolutely necessary for a comfortable life and those that are valuable and irreplaceable. As for the rest, either donate, sell, or throw them away.
Find Your New Home Before Moving
Moving without having found your new home can be a very stressful situation. If you do not know where you will live yet, you are probably looking for hotels and storage units right now, right? There is nothing wrong with that, but be sure that you will waste a lot of your time, energy, and money while doing this. So, if possible, before the guys from Four Winds SA come to relocate you, try to find your new home. If this too seems stressful and impossible, do not worry – just like you can hire movers to relocate you, you can also hire a professional real estate agent to find you your new home. Your only job would be to create a list of your priorities, and the agent will do the rest.
Get Enough Sleep and Eat Well
If you want to have a stress-free relocation, make sure you get enough sleep and eat well. That is one of the simplest self-care practices for the mind and body one can do. So, do not rely on junk food and pulling all-nighters. Doing this will make you feel tired, sick, anxious, and stressed out like never before. This is why starting ahead of time is essential. Give yourself enough time to lead a ‘normal’ life while preparing for this move, as much as possible. Try to eat healthy foods (so pack the kitchen last) and try to have enough sleep every night.
Stay physically active
One of the best ways to deal with stress of any kind is to be physically active. And there are not many options better than group yoga to help you be more relaxed. With the breathing techniques that require focus and controlled positions, yoga steers your mind away from worries. It is a powerful and effective tool for stress and tension release. Consequently, you will feel happier, healthier, calmer, and more productive.
Organize a Goodbye Party
And, if you want to turn this stressful move into a positive experience, it would be a good idea to say goodbye to everybody, including your home. A goodbye-party does not have to be a painful experience. As long as you focus on the positive aspects of this move, you will have a great time. Think about your better new job, your more spacious new apartment, your more fulfilled new life in a more exciting new city. With that mindset, call all the people close to you. Get some food and drinks, play some music, and properly say goodbye to everybody. At the end of the day, this will give you ‘closure’ and make you feel much better.