Moving can be a stressful time. It puts a strain on your family’s emotional and financial life. It drains energy and can create stress, if it is not planned carefully.
Don’t procrastinate! Begin planning right away. Don’t wait till the last minute.
Everyone tends to put off what they don’t want to deal with or are not good at. For example: taxes; nobody likes them, but everybody has to do them and the same can be said for moving. Keep busy and keep focused on the work that must be done, planning and packing can be fun, visualizing about the new place. If you wait until the last minute you will create undo stress and that tends to produce an experience that is emotionally draining and physically more exhausting than it should be. You start to focus on the questions and not the answers: Will things go well? Will you be able to successfully meet the challenges in front of you? Moving always takes time and effort. It takes a bit of time to deal with a new community, friends, and schools. Remember, everyone in the family will be affected by the move and assigning tasks to keep everyone involved is the best way to deal with the stress.
- Have a plan.
- Get help from Friends and Family if possible.
- Keep realistic goals.
- Don’t worry about the small stuff.
- (Oh, everything is the small stuff)
- If emotions run high, try to get busy and keep focused – light a scented candle – play your favorite music.
- Remember- just because you are moving does not mean that old relationships cannot continue.
- Let people know that they are appreciated and that they matter to you.
- Be open to new experiences.
TIP: Make small steps toward your goal – but make progress – Having four out of ten cabinets empty in the kitchen will help you to feel like you have been productive and don’t have as much to do in the future and will lessen the overall intensity of the big job.