Ways to reduce stress when moving
Moving is considered as a high stress event. It is right up there besides divorce and starting a new job as top tressors in life. However the good news is that moving need not be so stressful. There are ways to reduce stress and even make it enjoyable at times so you can look forward to it positively. You can even see it as a change – a new beginning.
Get time on your side
Time is not in our control. A move may sneak up on you and you’re unprepared for it. However if it’s possible then take at least eight weeks for a move. It is suggested to take even twelve weeks if you’re contracting movers. This will give you ample time to plan and execute the move.
Make a list of all the tasks that you need to do. Then divide them into weeks. Give yourself enough days to complete each week’s tasks. This will help you stay organized.
Clear out the clutter
Before you start packing, we recommend you start with this one. Getting rid of clutter will help you be and stay more organized. When you begin packing you will only be packing things you need to. Otherwise there’s nothing more frustrating than packing things you are going to get rid of after the move.
It can be difficult to ask for help. But remember that most people have been through at least one move in their lives and so understand how hard it can be. Reach out to people. Ask family and friends if they can spare a few hours to help you sort, pack or move. If you’re moving far, this could be one of the last opportunities you have to spend time together.
Give yourself time to say goodbye. Throw a party. Take friends out for dinner. Walk through your neighbourhood every day for an hour. Feel the memories and allow yourself to relive them one more time. This will help with the transition from the old to the new and give you much needed time to enjoy the moment.
Take care of yourself
Get enough sleep and eat well. These two items are very important for keeping us healthy and happy. So make sure you’re getting enough sleep and you’re having a balanced diet. Don’t give in to the temptation of eating junk food or avoiding meals and drinking only coffee.
Be flexible and have a backup plan
No matter how organized you are, things will still go wrong. Unplanned events will happen and so you will need to be flexible and allow some breathing room to face up to the challenges that turn up. A good idea then is to return to your plan and add in some extra days to it if you can. With some extra wiggle room you will feel more in control of the situation.
Having a backup plan doesn’t mean a full fledged plan. It just implies that you should have some options available should some major parts of your plan fall apart. For instance keep a short list of movers and packers and rental agencies just in case. Consider keeping a few days on either end of move in/move out day should the moving company cancel or not show up. This can happen though it’s rare. Plan for alternatives. Knowing you have your uncles truck handy can soothe your nerves.
You will feel uprooted
It’s going to be chaotic for a while with boxes everywhere and things feeling out of control. You’re going to get upset over small things. However you’d do well to consult your lists and remember that you’re organized and on track for this move. There may be more work to do but it will get done.
When you move into your new home it will take a while to adjust. It will take some time before you feel at home in your new house. Also it will take a while to adjust to the new city. This packing and moving company has put together city guides for most major cities in India. So do check that out. To avoid culture shock in your new city check out this article.