When it comes to the major life changes, moving home is one that’s full of opportunity, but it’s frequently cited as a major source of stress, as well. Here, we’re going to look at how to manage your mind when making the move and to stay positive.
Start getting ready early
Don’t leave it all up to moving day before you start packing things away. The more you have to rush through things on the big day itself, the more pressure you’re putting on yourself and, thus, the greater the risk of stress. Start by getting rid of items you don’t need, via donation or selling, weeks before the move. Then, the week leading up to the move, start packing up by rooms, starting with the things you’re not going to need first.
Stay organized and itemized
One of the biggest sources of stress on moving day is playing a constant game of “where is that thing I need?” One of the best ways to ensure this doesn’t happen is to make sure you label each box in a way that is visible and easy to recognize. Colored post-it notes for each box might be the best way to go. Furthermore, create an inventory of each box, listing each item so that if you need to find something specific, you know where it is and, if a box goes missing, you know what was in it.
Figure out if you need help early
Not only should you be packing and organizing early, but you should be arranging your transport as quickly as possible. Find moving companies ahead of the move and see if they’re available. If you fail to do so, you might find that everyone is much busier as you get closer to the day itself. Furthermore, it allows you to get an idea of how much you’re going to have to spend to move all of your possessions, lessening the financial anxiety that can come with the move as well. Even if you plan on moving things yourself, find out how much vehicle space you’re going to need and whether you should enlist friends to help drive so that you’re not making several repeat trips.
Take time to relax
It might sound like a pie-in-the-sky notion, but you should be able to find a little time during moving day to practice some stress reduction techniques, whether it’s a quick workout, some meditation, or whatever else works for you. This might be before the day’s work really picks up, or even after you’ve got all of the stuff in the new home. It’s just important to take the time to slow down, breathe, and find your center.
Moving is always going to be stressful, but it’s important to make sure you don’t let the hassle of the task overwhelm you. Do plenty of prep work, find the help you need, and see what opportunity you can find to get some relaxation in.
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