Dealing With Moving

Moving can bring up a lot of emotions. 

Our homes form a part of our well-being, and physically uprooting ourselves away from them may cause feelings of regret, sadness, anger, and frustration.

There are a few steps you can take, and tips you can try, to help the situation along.

Let’s talk about dealing with moving.

Dealing With Moving

Why Is Moving So Hard Emotionally?

When we leave what we know as home because of a move, the experience can bring along with it some emotional disruption.

We may go through a short grieving period, according to psychologists.

Likewise, the fear of the unknown may come along with our new surroundings and cause anxiety.

What Is The Most Stressful Part Of Moving?

The Most Stressful Parts Of Moving According To A Poll:

  • Packing Up: 48 percent.
  • Figuring out what to keep and what to get rid of or donate: 47 percent.
  • Making a down payment on a new house or getting a mortgage: 28 percent.
  • Finding a mover: 24 percent.
  • Budgeting for the movers: 23 percent.
  • Saving up enough to sign a lease or get an apartment: 14 percent. (Source:

How Do You Deal With Moving Anxiety?

Tips to Deal with Moving Anxiety:

  • Make a moving to-do list to reduce stress.
  • Prioritize tasks by completion date to minimize stress.
  • Take care of yourself and ask for help during a move.

Will I Be Happier If I Move?

If the move comes with general improvements in your living environment, social network, or work-life balance, then most likely yes, there’s a good chance you will feel happier.

But we’re unlikely to notice a change in how we feel if our move doesn’t offer more than just a superficial change in scenery.

Tips to Make Moving Easier On Your Emotional And Mental Health

  • Don’t forget to take time to rest and relax.
  • Enlist the help of your loved ones for emotional support.
  • Make plans to make new memories at the new house or apartment as soon as possible.

How Can I Be Optimistic About Moving?

Tips For Staying Upbeat During A Move And Keeping A Positive Mindset:

  • Give yourself plenty of preparation time.
  • Picture yourself in your new home.
  • Ask for help from friends or family.
  • Connect with some fond memories.
  • Still make time for friends, family, and yourself.

Final Thoughts

Give yourself enough time to mentally, physically, and emotionally prepare for the move.

Make yourself a list of all the good things that will come from the move, as well as a list of things that may worry you. Decide how you might be able to ease those concerns.

To avoid getting overwhelmed, create a to-do list of what needs to get done before, during, and after your move.

Clutter can make the anxiety of being at a new home worse, so unpack as quickly as possible to add a sense of familiarity to your new place.

Do the same activities that made you happy in your old place. If possible, take a day or two off after you’re fully moved to settle into your new home.

You may want some time to adjust and put down roots before going back to your usual work routine. Go for a walk and explore your new neighborhood.

Before you know it, you’ll be feeling at home in your new space.

Please leave a comment about your moving experiences or follow the links for further reading.

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