How to deal with moving stress
Life changing decision such as moving is never easy to process. It doesn’t help that the relocation process is so demanding and stressful. While it can be very overwhelming, there are a lot of effective ways that can help you deal with moving stress. When you take the edge off, you can actually start to enjoy the moment and look at the move in a positive and rewarding experience.
Give yourself enough time
If you need to move on the short notice, then time is the luxury that you don’t have. You will have to do everything in the fifth gear and you won’t have time to stress out and panic.
When your move is months away, you may fall into a false sense of security and thinking that there’s no hurry. That’s where you’re wrong. It is never to early to start planning your relocation, only too late. The moving day will sneak up sooner than you think, and at the time crunch, the moving stress will overwhelm you.
So don’t wait for the last minute. In fact, don’t wait at all. Start planning as soon as you make a definitive decision about your relocation.
Maybe the organization skills aren’t your best feature, but when you have enough time, you will get the hang of it. The best way to get organized is to put things in writing. Give yourself enough time and make an ultimate moving checklist.
The moving checklist is the list that should continue all the task of the relocation. Good advice is to divide it into several parts or list. The great moving checklist will make sure that you don’t forget anything, it will make you more organized and focused. At the same time, it will decrease the moving stress drastically.
The moving checklist should contain:
- A detailed budget plan
- An inventory list of all the things that you are relocating
- Packing plan
- Packing schedule
- The list of the packing supplies
- The list of all important moving dates
- Information about your movers
- The list of people and services that you need to notify about your move
- The travel plan for your new home
When you make a list of all the tasks you need to do, divide them into weeks, in a form of a schedule. Be sure to allow yourself enough days to complete everything on the week’s list.
Get enough sleep and eat well
The moving stress can keep you awake at night. Also, in this chaotic process, you will probably resort to eating a fast food to save some time. Try to resist that urge. The more that you don’t sleep and eat garbage, the more the moving stress will consume you. Making sure that you’re getting enough sleep and that eating healthy is very important. It will help you reduce the moving stress, and make you more energized.
Hire a moving company
The best way to eliminate the moving stress is to hire the moving company. The professional movers will move your home quickly and easy. The will be responsible to load, transport, and unload all of your things. Even to pack and unpack your shipment if you purchase those additional services. That way, you’ll be lifting the biggest burden of your shoulders. You will only have to do the personal tasks of your movement. Those tasks are not naive at all, and when you have a transportation on your hand also, the moving stress will be hight. That is why hiring a moving company is always the best solution.
If can also be cost-effective, because if you don’t know what you’re doing, the moving on your own can cost you more than hiring movers.
The things that you need to do besides organizing the move
If you hire the moving company it will take half of the tasks from your list. Just half, you ask? Yes, because there are a lot of other things that this change brings.
You will have to:
- Find a new home
- Find a new job if you are not relocating for work
- Cancel all your utilities
- Put your house on sale, or cancel your rent agreement
- Notify family and friends about the move
- Notify your bank, doctor, lawyer, and services that should be aware that you are moving
- Pack all of your belongings (if you aren’t using the packing services)
- Sort out all the bills
- Make travel arrangements for your new home
When the moving stress consumes you, you can become obsessed with the moving tasks that you need to do. Fear that you don’t have enough time to finish everything will make you neglect your own needs and health. That way you are neglecting your most efficient moving tool – yourself. You won’t be able to function properly if you worry all the time. Therefore, you won’t be able to do the moving task in the most efficient way. So take some time for yourself. Step away from the moving process and pamper yourself. Go to the restaurant or a spa, hang out with your friends, take yoga lessons to reduce stress. Just do whatever that makes you happy. When you unwind, the moving stress will decrease. Then you will realize that there is no need to obsess – you can do everything in the time that you have.
Ask for help to reduce moving stress
If you see that the moving stress is getting the best of you, ask for the help of your friends and family. Sometimes it’s difficult to ask for help, but don’t be afraid to reach out to your loved ones. They will be happy to have an opportunity to be there for you. Everybody that cares for you can spare a couple of hours to help you sort and pack for the move. If you are moving far away, they will also jump to the opportunity to spend more time with you. Remember that admitting that you need help isn’t the sign of weakness, but strength.