If you’re a homeowner planning a move, it can be expected that there are mixed emotions during the process. Yes, a new home is an exciting prospect, whether you’re moving to a new town or if this is your first house of your very own. But with that comes a certain amount of bittersweet memories attached the good times in your current home, as well as the stress of packing and dealing with logistics. The stress of getting everything in proper order, be it the packing or preparing your family for the next phase of life, can bring anyone waves of anxiety.
Here, we will look at some ways to overcome the anxiety of moving, and how to remain positive and productive and during this important time of your life.
Why does moving cause such anxiety?
You may be wondering why “moving stress,” or feelings of anxiety, are common emotions. Well, the pressures of selling your current home, overseeing that sale, packing your lifetime of belongings, and potentially preparing your family members for the emotions of moving to a new location can all take their toll. Actually, a certain amount of anxiety should be expected. However, it’s how you deal with the stress that comes from moving to a new place that can inspire the sheer enjoyment of the new experiences in store. It’s also important that you take into account your mental health, which is always worth a few deep breaths and some pragmatic de-stressing exercises.
Although there are many ways in approaching moving anxiety, there are four tips for overcoming anxiety that may prove useful. The first thing to keep in mind when dealing with a pending move is to relax, sit down, and make out a checklist of the most important tasks to be tackled, followed by the possible stressors. Next, consider the timelines for the move and any deadlines for financial obligations, such as bills related to your current residence, as well as your full moving budget versus necessary expenses. After that, consider how the whole scenario will affect the members of your family and, finally, make time to discuss their concerns with the move, such as your children’s possible social anxiety at a new school or neighborhood. This is a great way to act as their support system, providing them with the necessary emotional support while they fear the loss of old friends and nervousness about making new friends.
Remember: this is a new adventure and you’re all in it together! Great new things are on the horizon. Sometimes, your family just needs the reassurance of being reminded that change can be a good thing. Once everyone’s worries are considered, and they are enabled to take their own first step toward positive thinking, you can truly focus on the tasks at-hand.
Can you manage anxiety one task at a time?
As with any stressful situation, taking on your upcoming move one task at a time can help curb your nerves and anxiety. For example, consider some home projects that can boost your mood and begin to apply those responsibilities to your moving checklist. As you and your family are moving into a new neighborhood and adapting to a new environment, make it a fun project to research your new city and look for fun places or historic sites in the area. Planning excursions for the first few months following the move will give everyone things to look forward to, making the move the new adventure it truly should be, while also gently easing everyone into a comfort zone about their new surroundings. In effect, this is a matter of adopting a positive attitude over negative thoughts, and combining ample research as a practical hobby for making relocating feel like exploring a new world.
When its comes to the new house, it’s a good idea to also make time for eliminating clutter from your old house and packing accordingly. A fresh start is a new life, so while you should keep pictures items of great personal value, don’t fear throwing out unnecessary things from the basement and garage, or donating clothes when you can. The good news here is that removing clutter also makes the packing more organizing, which is an immediate mood booster.