Moving takes a toll on your wallet, schedule and, most importantly, your sanity. With the many various tasks and chores you have to keep tabs on and perform, you’ll likely be stressed and tired pre, during, and post move. There’s no sure way to eliminate all the stress that comes with moving but there are methods to make the strain less impactful and help you better cope. Here are a few tips we have for beating the stress that comes with relocation:
Anxiety is an inherent response to change and you’ll likely find it hard to sleep and relax on the days leading up to the move. But getting your Z’s is especially important so you have enough strength and agility left to handle the move. Plan on getting your eight hours of sleep for several nights prior to the move. If you’re having trouble relaxing, opt for some relaxing tea, such as chamomile, or take a hot bath before hitting the sack.
Those last few days before the move, you’ll likely be running around and eating whatever you can grab at the deli or take-out counter. But it’s especially important to nourish your body with foods that will fuel you. Plan easy and nutritious meals several weeks before the move and buy the necessary ingredients beforehand.
We advocate having a packing and unpacking schedule and sticking to it. But there’s no reason for the schedule to strain you. Plan to do a little each day and stick to it, but if you find yourself approaching your limit, take a break or delay the day’s chore. The box will be there tomorrow.
Ask for Help
It’s nice to be independent and handle a move all by yourself but sometimes a little help can go a long way. Your family, friends and neighbors will be more than happy to lend you a hand and them doing so will make your life a whole lot easier. And if you have several helpers on hand, be sure to delegate tasks.
Anytime, during or after a move, take a moment to pat yourself on the back with something that makes you happy, whether that’s grabbing ice cream, taking a spa day or getting away for the weekend.