How To Overcome The Emotional Stress Of Moving


The mere thought of moving into a new house, city, or country brings excitement and curiosity. Moving out of a previous home is the start of a new life and a way to move on from negative memories and stressful circumstances associated with the house.

But this excitement is a double-edged sword - the process of moving, and the prospect of many unknown scenarios and re-establishing yourself is often nerve-wracking. This is referred to as the emotional stress of moving. So before moving away, knowing what to expect and having a game plan beforehand will help smoothen the transition.

How To Navigate The Journey Of Moving

  • Approach the situation with the right mindset.

It's crucial to tell yourself that the move is necessary and beneficial to your well-being. It's an opportunity to meet new people, try new restaurants, and visit unique attractions. This mindset will help you manage stress, help you settle in more leisurely, and give you something to look forward to.

Remind yourself that moving is not a death sentence to relationships with friends, colleagues, and neighbors. On the contrary, technology makes long-distance relationships much more accessible with e-mail, text messaging, and video calling.

  • Research the location of your new home.

It's best to understand the location of where you're moving to. For example, if you are resettling to a different country, it's recommended to research the area and distances of grocery stores, schools, pharmacies, hospitals, and your workplace.

Planning out a mental blueprint of essential places will make you feel more comfortable during the moving process. This will also inspire confidence and motivation to pursue the move with an optimistic mindset.

  • Write out a checklist and lay out a timeframe.

Multitasking before a big move is challenging, and developing a checklist will provide focus and direction. Write out a list of goals and break these down into subcategories of smaller tasks for the following days and weeks.

This checklist can include an itinerary of your belongings and the appropriately sized boxes for each. You may also asses which items are essential that you'll need to bring and clutter that will only take up precious space. Mapping out the financial expenses you'll need to square away before the move is also helpful.

Establishing a reasonable time frame for your moving day is also vital. Schedule a time frame for packing with any payment dates you may have. Decide how you'll store miscellaneous belongings so you can move in more quickly.

  • Make your space clutter-free.

The more time is spent in a home, the easier it is for memories and junk to pile up. Move provides the opportunity to clear your head and your physical surroundings. Sorting out what is essential and what can be donated or thrown away is practical and psychologically beneficial.

Your new home will start new memories and a new lifestyle, so ensure you have adequate space for unique keepsakes and mementos. You will need more space for these new belongings by not sizing down.