Relax! You’re just moving . . . ha ha... easy for me to say. I moved four years ago and am almost back to normal. Moving can be a very stressful time. They say it is one of the most stressful things you go through during your life. So how do you get through it without losing it and maybe even with a little grace too? Here are a few things to try to help combat the proverbial moving and stress problem.
- Start Early – Start working on your move as early as you can and pace yourself – we recommend at least eight weeks before your move day. Print out this moving checklist to keep you on track.
- Get Organized – upack.com has some great moving resources to help you organize your move. Making lists and creating a timeline is very helpful to keep you organized and on track. Think about making individual lists for different areas – utilities and records, packing, cleaning, saying goodbye, and lists for other members of the family moving.
- Purge Before You Pack – Start early and get rid of the stuff you don’t need or want to take with you. Take an organized approach. You’ll find some great posts here on how to do this and stay organized:
- Ask for Help – Don’t be a hero. Most people need help moving. Even if your friends don’t volunteer, most are glad to help if asked. And don’t keep it just to moving day; you’ll find that many friends are just as willing to help during the time leading up to the move as they are on your actual moving day. If you’re moving with children, more than likely you’ll need more help with them than with moving boxes – ask your friends and family to babysit while you do the loading!
- Turn up the music – That’s right. While you’re packing, throw on some of your favorite tunes, and crank them up (maybe throw in a little dancing too). Science has proven that music is a stress releaser – depending on the type of music you listen to, of course.
- Do Your Favorite Things Before You Move – Even though you’re right in the middle of a move, life can (and probably should) still go on. Take time to enjoy yourself and the people around you. If you are moving long distance, make sure and take the time to visit your favorite spots to say goodbye. Go out with friends, visit your favorite specialty store, and have dinner with you loved ones at your favorite place. Take the time to consciously enjoy your favorite places one last time.
- Say Goodbye – Take the time to say goodbye to your friends and neighbors. It’s not just for your benefit, but also for the people you’ll be leaving behind. Make sure everyone in your family has the opportunity to visit the important people in their lives, and that you have a way to contact them after the move especially children.
- Laugh – According to this Web MD article, the answer to feeling rundown: laugh more. So while you’re saying goodbye, surround yourself with fun friends and family – take a break to play a game, go out to dinner, watch a funny movie, or just talk.
- Take Care of You – Get enough sleep, eat well, and drink a lot of water. Try not to fall into the one of the pitfalls of moving: fast food. It doesn’t help with your physical well-being on several levels. Also take the time to enjoy life by doing the things on your “do your favorite things before you move” list. Start early and spread them out to keep stress at bay. You don’t want to get stressed over the things that were designed to de-stress! So just try to relax. I know... easier said than done. But I think you’ll find that the best way to combat the stress of moving is by keeping a positive mindset. There’s no doubt that moving and stress go hand-in-hand, but just being aware that it’s temporary, and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel can help you keep things in perspective. Enjoy the experience!
- And finally, choose a moving service that helps alleviate some of that stress. As part of your research phase, check out consumer reviews – what do previous customers have to say about their experience? Were they pleased with the customer service? Did several customers experience the same stress-producing problems?
If you have any tips to help combat moving and stress, we would love to hear them – leave a comment below!