Even if you’re moving to your dream city or home, packing up all of your belongings and transporting them to a new location is stressful. From the packing, organizing, moving and logistics, to the numerous emotions that moving brings, you’re likely to feel a little overwhelmed at some point. To take some stress off your shoulders and make moving just a little bit easier, we’ve put together a list of top ways you can reduce stress during these upcoming weeks. Here’s what you should do:
1. Create a Moving ChecklistDo you feel like you’re holding a million details in your head? Are you juggling details for moving out, moving in, setting up and disconnecting utilities, quitting and starting a new job, family, packing, and more? Most often, people begin to feel overwhelmed when they try to keep all these details jammed into their heads. Reduce stress and forgetfulness by writing everything down on a checklist. This way, when you accomplish something, you’ll be able to check it off your list, get it out of your head, and see exactly what’s left to do. Plus, every time you cross something off your to-do list it releases a little bit of dopamine and motivates you to conquer the next task!
2. Make Time to Say Goodbye to FriendsMoving is an emotional process, and that often gets lost by the fact that so many things need to get done. When you know you’re going to move, schedule time to say goodbye to people. Put it on your checklist and in your calendar, so you’re able to appropriately grieve your house, neighborhood, friends, and experiences. Some people don’t know they need this time until they’ve had it (or it’s too late!), and you’d be surprised how much it helps! It’s also a good idea to take photos before you leave, of your home and friends. As the years go by, it’s always fun to look back and reminisce.
If you’re worried you won’t have time to say goodbye to everyone, invite a different friend over to pack with you each afternoon or evening. Buy them dinner afterward as a thank you and chat about the upcoming change. It’ll give you two time to catch up and help you feel more settled going into the next chapter.