5 Ways to Maintain Good Mental Health During a Move

Some people breeze through the move; others feel anxious or overwhelmed. Regardless, moving is easier if you are prepared and in control of your situation.

It takes planning and awareness to make a successful move, even a DIY one. Here are some tips to make your move easy, pleasant, and stress-free for all involved.

Reduce Variables

Even the best-laid plans can sometimes go wrong. However, managing the move so there are no surprises or glitches is one way to reduce stress. Let’s get started.

Are you ready to set a date for your move? Long-distance moves are most common during peak summer months. However, it is often easier to schedule moves outside of busy seasons. Depending on the date, a move not scheduled for mid-July might be more beneficial for your body and emotions.

Do you hire a professional or do it yourself? Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. These depend on how much you are moving and when you have the time and money to do it. Next, decide whether to hire moving professionals or put together your “crew” of helpers to help you on the big day. Take a deep breath, and take a moment to consider the pros and cons of each option.

Are you moving to a new job? It’s best to allow yourself some time to settle in before starting your first day of work, whether at the office or remotely. Even if you only have a few more days to settle in, it will make you less distracted and more accessible not to try to adapt to two major life events simultaneously. If your move date changes, this extra “wiggle room” could be a benefit.

Do you plan on driving to your new house? You can check to see if your vehicle could benefit from a new set or tune-up. This will help you address one more problem. You’ll be a blessing to your car. Are you unsure how to pack your car? What should you keep? We can help.

Step-by-step guide

Even a simple move can seem daunting if you take it all in. It’s called a “moving procedure” at Packingmoverca because it’s a series of small steps that lead to a larger goal.

The Moving Checklist has a wealth of information, from getting your pets ready to go, setting up a garage sale or stoop to packing your belongings, switching off utilities, and de-cluttering your home. It’s easier to relax when you know how to break down a move into manageable events.

Don’t bury your emotions.

It doesn’t matter what reason you have for moving. It’s OK to feel mixed emotions. Sometimes, it can be more mentally draining to maintain a calm demeanor than just sharing your emotions. Remember that your move can also affect those around you, such as your partner or children. You can offer them support and calming words to help you see the big picture.

Journaling is a popular way for people to express themselves. You’ll probably look back on what you wrote a year later and be happy with how things turned out.

Are you anxious about moving to a new place and meeting new people? It’s understandable. We recommend you check out our tips and tricks to settle in your new area.

Consider All the Positives

You might have more space to spread out. There is less space to care for. Better schools or a retreat for the empty nest. Helping a family member or stepping up on the corporate ladder. Even though circumstances may vary, moving can bring new experiences, connections, and the chance to start a new chapter in your life.

It can be great fun to make new friends and learn about local hot spots and go-to’s. It can be fun and exciting to decorate a new space. You can boost your mood and health by finding a new hobby or sport to enjoy. You may find yourself more at home if you are open to new possibilities.

Reach out if you see a loved one struggling.

Different people deal with change differently. Let your loved ones know you are there to help them cope with the complicated realities of moving. MentalHealth.gov provides resources to help you prepare for your new start and close the chapter you are leaving behind.

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