Moving – It’s not for Everyone: Here’s How to Cope the Best Way
Many people have linked the stress of moving right up there with the stress of losing a loved one or going through a bad breakup. One would say that they are being a drama queen but most people chafe at the bit when coping with change. Everybody feels comfortable with their routine and when that comfort is taken away, stress awaits just behind them with arms wide open.
Moving to a new home, place, and neighborhood can be very stressful. It’s the fear of the unknown that grips us in its talons. As soon as we think about moving, the first sentence that comes out of our mouth is, “How am I going to do this?” You think for hours about what to do first, what should be saved for last, what to keep, what to throw away, what to sell, and so on.
Barriers to Overcome
It’s the unfamiliarity of the process that makes you fear the move. As a child, if you have never moved, then the first move as an adult will be hard to cope with. Here are a few things that stress you out when moving:
Losing your childhood memories
Losing old friends and even the possibility of making new ones can’t lift your mood
The labor – Overwhelmed by the smallest of details, you have to overlook everything to make sure that things are going according to plan.
The Process – Will I be able to unpack easily once I have shifted into my new home? Which boxes should be placed where for easy access? I need extra coverage for the fragile boxes so that the antiques don’t break during the move, etc.
Regret – Change is positive, but not everyone sees it that way. Where there are things you will be grateful for when moving, there will also be memories that you will be afraid to lose.
5 Tips to Plan a Move without Any Stress
Easier said than done, but try to adopt a positive attitude to your move. Instead of thinking about nostalgic memories, think about the possibility of the new future. All those good things waiting for you with open arms and the new memories you will create will give you a fresh and clean slate to begin your life’s story once again.
Minimize the junk clogging your room and other areas of the house. Throw out that couch you have been meaning to do so for so long. Create three boxes and label them: toss, donate and sell cause why not make some money while you’re at it. Create a light mood by eating everything and anything in your refrigerator, and don’t forget to open that bottle of booze.
Clear Your Calendar
The reason why you are probably going to worry more during a move is if you haven’t taken any time off for packing. Simply block off at least four days on the calendar and take a few leaves from work. Packing continuously will get more done and fast.
Finish Before Deadline
The faster you are done with the packing, the more relaxed you will be when the actual moving day arrives. So, when making plans, stretch it a day or two ahead, so that you have free time to enjoy your hard work.
Call a Friend
Why go at it alone when you can bribe your friends with lunch and dinner if they help you? Call a few friends over and get things done faster. The easy camaraderie between your friends will not only keep your spirits high but will also keep you in control.
Moving always seems more fun when you have a little help on the side. Try these five tips to overcome the barriers of moving, so that you can cope with it better and more easily.