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Moving is one of the most stressful experiences you could go through, no matter how many times you do it. Experiencing high levels of stress is such a common occurrence that it actually has a formal nursing diagnosis – relocation stress syndrome (alternatively, Transfer Trauma).
With a little bit of planning, though, you can reduce the amount of stress experienced during any move, whether doing it yourself or dealing with a moving company. Grab a cup of calming chamomile tea and read our best tips for eliminating stress while moving.
One of the most stressful aspects of moving is feeling the need to rush through the entire process. You have to pack all of your things, load them in a truck, and get them out of your old place before a strict deadline. Then, because of the expenses of renting your own truck or hiring a moving company, you’re forced to unload the truck as quickly as possible.
All of the stress and physical exhaustion lead to boxes that don’t get unpacked for months – only increasing the overall level of stress experienced by the move.
By planning ahead, you’ll be able to work more intelligently and at a more comfortable pace. If you can afford it, consider arranging to move into your new location when there’s still some overlap with your existing lease. This will allow you to take your time transitioning from one location to another. When hiring a moving company, do NOT wait for the last minute.
Start Packing in Advance
When you go through all of your possessions, you’ll realize that you have hundreds of things that you don’t absolutely need. Instead of waiting until the last minute to pack all of them up, start packing three to four weeks before your move is scheduled. Only leave out the things that you’ll absolutely need up until the day you move, and pack them the night before.
This gives you one additional stress-busting advantage: if you label those last boxes “unpack me first,” you’ll be sure to have access to all of the things you really need as soon as you arrive in your new home. Your professional moving company should be able to help in this regard.
Unpack Everything Promptly
One of the reasons people feel so stressed out about moving is the drastic change in their environment. Not only are you abandoning the familiarity of your old home for one that’s completely new, but you’re also adjusting to a new neighborhood. Keeping your stuff packed in boxes longer than necessary just increases the unfamiliarity you have with your surroundings.
By making it a point to unpack everything promptly, you’ll be sure to start settling in much sooner.
Leave Yourself Some Breathing Room
If you’re moving to start a new job, try to do it a few days before your first day. If you’re just moving across town, try to take an extra day off from work.
But don’t use this day to pack, unpack, or move any of your stuff. Instead, reserve it for after you’ve finished moving everything into your new space and unpacking it so you can relax and become acquainted with your new surroundings. It will help reduce your moving related stress significantly.