Managing Your Wellbeing Before, During & After A Long Distance Move
Moving house signifies the next chapter in your story. Even if you’re just moving down the street in a house swap with a neighbor, this will feel like moving the anchor to a completely new point, and may completely alter your perspective.
However, most people tend to move further out, sometimes even internationally. For this reason, all of the excitement can give way to nerves as you realize the life you know it now is about to change, and the plans you have will need to be suspended until you occupy your new home and feel comfortable there.
As such, it’s important not to handwave your own sense of wellness. Sure, some stress is normal, but you shouldn’t have to feel utterly exhausted or out of sorts throughout the whole process. In fact, taking some time to manage your sense of self, to give yourself some breathing room, and to avoid the constant no-rest-allowed planning hysteria can reduce the mistakes you may make otherwise.
Put simply – moving doesn’t have to be a painful process. Let’s consider, then, how to manage your well-being before, during, and after a long distance move. Without further ado, let’s begin:
Before The Move
It’s crucial to prepare yourself before the relocation and get ready for the difficulties that lie ahead. Let’s discuss how to get started:
Plan A Budget
Create a budget and a timeframe for your move as soon as you can to be organized and stay on schedule. Stay organized by making a list of everything you need to pack and giving the most significant or priceless items top priority.
Keep Track Of The Contents Of Each Box By Labeling Them All
When you get to your new house, this will make it simpler to locate items. Pack the long-storage items apart from the possessions you may need within hours or days of moving into the property. This way, you know where everything is at all times, and when you’re out of a certain item you won’t have to frantically tear through your moving boxes to try and find them all. This will, genuinely, make quite the difference.
Live Well & Healthily Before The Big Moving Day
Eat healthily, move your body, and sleep enough. To help you remain composed and focused, think about implementing mindfulness practices or other stress-reduction strategies.
This way, you can go into the moving day with the same focus and comfort you greet any other day, which may sound obvious but trust us, it’s so much better than waking up tired, disheveled, irritated, and worried that you’ve left something behind, or forgot to resolve a certain issue.
Plan To Use A Company You Can Trust
Moving companies are essential, because most people don’t have the means, or the willpower, to transport their entire set of possessions from one place to another without multiple trips or having to rent extra cars or vans. It’s much cheaper and effective to use a professional service able to help you with that.
It’s important to plan for the use of an effective and worthwhile moving company you can trust. This is especially important if you wish to use the full gamut of services, like having your items packaged for you (and then insured as appropriate as they can verify the contents of each package), or even hiring an international moving company more than familiar with the process of moving items overseas for a range of clients.
With a trusted service to help you, all of a sudden 50% of the stress you might have felt becomes more doable. That in itself is worth appreciating.
During The Move
It’s crucial to maintain focus and adjust to any problems or changes that occur during the journey. Here are some actions to think about:
Even though moving might be difficult and draining, it’s crucial to remain upbeat and determined. Keep in mind that this is only a short-term circumstance that will soon end. You’ll get there, and enjoy your new, wonderful home in no time at all. Don’t take things too seriously and try to hold a sense of fun. If you have children, you might play fun games with them in the car to pass the time, or sing songs on the way. Little things like this can help you feel excitement for your new life, rather than lamenting the end of your previous one.
Maintaining contact with your friends and family is important because moving can be isolating. Keep in touch with the people in your network of support, and ask them for assistance and guidance as needed. This can be especially important if you’ve moving abroad, and super-crucial if moving overseas on your own. A friendly voice can work wonders for many of us, and keep us motivated on the journey.
Pack Some Food, Or Set A Budget
Refreshments such as coffees, teas, comforting and light foods like sandwiches, nuts and others can keep you energized throughout the day. You don’t have to pack everything although it can work out more cheaply this way, instead you might consider setting a budget to ensure that you have at least some money to spend on overpriced Starbucks coffee at the airport lounge. You shouldn’t have to worry about what you’re to drink or eat when moving, especially when trying to follow your plan, arrive at the checkout terminal, or drive for long periods of time.
Split Up The Transport Days
If you’re moving quite some way, or perhaps driving from one end of the country to another, it can be healthy to split up the days of your transportation appropriately. This can be even more important if you have children. For instance, you might decide to stay in a hotel overnight, so that you can wake up in the morning and enjoy the second half of the journey in peace.
Be mindful of your actual needs when moving in this way, sometimes trying to do too much at once can make you late, or overly tired. In addition to this, you can travel at the best times to avoid traffic. If you need someone to fly ahead to welcome the moving company, then that can be ideal too.
After The Move
It’s crucial to settle in and get used to your new surroundings after the transfer. Here’s how you might do that:
Set Up Your Utilities
You may have already set up your utilities plan for electricity and water before you move into the place, and this is essential. On top of this, you can book a date for your internet connection to be installed, any cable or satellite television services you use, or have a technician come to install your smart home devices into the new place as appropriate. This way, you can live as comfortably as you did before.
Discover Your New Surroundings
Spend some time getting to know the people and habits in your new neighborhood. Visit local businesses, eateries, and other sights to learn about the culture and traditions of your new area. This is the fun part, so when you’re up to it, take things at your own pace.
Additionally, making new friends and relationships is important because moving can be a lonely experience.Just knocking on your neighbor’s door and introducing yourself can be exciting. You might even throw a housewarming party to truly settle in if that sounds like something worthwhile to you.
Organize And Clean Your Home
When ready, clean and tidy your home, enlisting your family to help because your new abode could be disorganized and crowded after the relocation.
You don’t want to live among storage boxes for months after your move. You’ll feel more at ease and at home as a result, and it will be simpler to locate items when you need them.
Personalize Your Space
Although your new home might not initially feel like yours, you can transform that feeling by personalizing your space. A few home comforts will help you relax into the home, and settle in more quickly. To make your house seem like a home, add your own furniture, artwork, and accessories. Don’t be afraid to start simply and add as you grow. Put some items in long-term storage to prevent them from cluttering the area.
By doing this, you may create a room that reflects your personality and style and increase your sense of comfort. There’s nothing quite like the long, deep comforting sleep and rest that comes knowing you’ve curated the new place to your liking.
Fix And Maintain
Your new home may require some maintenance or repairs; therefore, be sure to get these jobs done as soon as you can. This will assist in keeping your home in good condition and preventing minor difficulties from developing into larger ones.
Your house inspector may have caught most things, but a slightly less secure stair bannister, a carpet that needs replacement, or a squeaky door can be fixed momentarily, and also increases your sense of familiarity with the space.
With this advice, we hope you can manage your well-being before, during and after a long-distance move. You’re sure to thrive in your new home, so don’t be afraid of the journey!