5 Ways to Make Your Next Move More Relaxing

Are you moving to a new city? Take a few cleansing breaths, and read on to find some tips for making your transition more relaxing.

1. Come up with a plan

Keep track of all the details by coming up with a plan as soon as you know you’ll be moving. Making a list for yourself will keep things in perspective and battle the anxiety that comes from not knowing if you’re forgetting to do something. Come up with every task, from changing your address with the post office to canceling your gym membership, and prioritize them.

Check out this article from Psychology Today to see 6 benefits from making lists.

2. Give yourself plenty of time

Pull up the calendar and find out when the last possible day is for moving out of your place. Then look back one week. Ok, look back another week. Seriously, don’t rush this process, or you will be dealing with a whole lot of unnecessary stress. Take a look at the plan that you came up with and space out activities. Don’t forget to schedule some downtime in between for connecting with friends.

3. Look forward to your new place

Some of your stress may be coming from the apprehension of leaving your familiar home, job, friends, and city in order to embark on a new chapter. Reflect on all the new experiences you’ll have. Find websites for local activities and attractions for your new town so you can start exploring after you’re settled in. Pull up Yelp and plug in your new zip code to start getting familiar with the best coffee shops and restaurants near your new home.

4. Hire a professional

There’s no shame in asking for help. While it’s tempting to try and recruit as many friends as possible, there are a lot of benefits of hiring a moving company. First of all, they make the packing and relocating process easier. If you have quite a bit of furniture or are moving with your family, then it’s worth getting someone else to do the packing and driving. Besides, when it comes to moving (Or getting a ride to the airport, am I right?), good help is hard to find.

Second, moving is stressful on a lot of people, including your helpers. Be kind to you your loved ones and let them off the hook this time.

5. Spend time with family and friends

If you are moving to a new city, state, or even country, then you’ll want to spend time with friends and family. Again, having your friends over to help you pack up your kitchen does not count. It’s normal to feel emotional during the transition. Do your best to avoid emotionally pushing people away so that leaving them is easier — it doesn’t work. Talk about ways to keep in touch and make an effort to do so.

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