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The Emotional Side of Moving: 5 Tips for Dealing with Change and Starting Fresh

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    Moving house can be one of the most stressful things you do in your adult life. It involves packing up all your possessions, moving somewhere new, and adjusting to unfamiliar surroundings. 

    Dealing with change and starting fresh can take its toll, but that’s not to say you can’t make the process easier for yourself. In fact, you might even enjoy the moving process if you take the following actions:   

    Hire a Moving Company

    Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, there’s no denying the fact that doing it yourself is more affordable than hiring a moving company. However, you can’t put a price on convenience and your mental health. What’s more, after comparing various local or interstate removalist quotes, you might be surprised by how affordable this service can really be. 

    Money aside, hiring a moving company is one of the best things you can do when you’re already dealing with a major life upheaval. Rather than worrying about packing and relocating your own possessions, you can delegate this stressful job to someone else. That gives you more time to focus on adjusting to this next chapter of your life. 

    Make a Plan for Pets and Children

    Our pets usually help us feel less stressed. However, both pets and children can cause stress when you’re moving. Rather than focusing your attention on the logistics of the move, you end up sidetracked by their needs and safety. Of course, these factors are paramount. However, they do add an extra layer of stress you don’t need. 

    If you have kids and/or pets, you need to make a plan for them. This could mean a pet hotel for your furry friends. Your children might also benefit from a sleepover with a friend or family member until your new home is ready for them.    

    Rely on Your Support Network

    The reason for your move might be exciting, but that doesn’t mean you’re not nervous, stressed, and overwhelmed. Ensure you have a support network you can lean on when these feelings overwhelm you. 

    Friends, family members, and spouses can be invaluable during this stressful time. If you have a strong support network, they’ll be happy to help you in any way they can to make this overwhelming experience easier to manage. Just be sure to do the same for them whenever they need a helping hand. 

    Don’t Isolate Yourself

    Moving to a new area can feel isolating. While you’re busy unpacking your possessions and settling into your new home, don’t lock yourself away. Instead, make an effort to get out and explore your local community. Research nearby tourist attractions and nature parks. Visit local businesses to see what they have to offer. It won’t be long until you’re in the know about all the best local spots. 

    Make Friends

    Moving to a new town or city doesn’t mean you’ll never see your old friends again. Technology has made keeping in touch more effortless than ever before. However, you now have an opportunity to make new friends and feel less isolated in your new place. 

    While making new friends is challenging for some people, it’s not impossible. If you have children or pets, they can be an opening for forming new friendships. You can meet other dog owners at dog parks and parents at your child’s school. Alternatively, you can join clubs and groups surrounding your interests and hobbies. 

    Dealing with change and starting fresh isn’t easy for everyone. However, by reaching out for help, relying on moving experts, and getting to know your local community, it can be easier to adjust than you think.