The thought of moving to a new place can often result in experiencing mixed emotions – from feelings of excitement about moving to a new environment, to anxiety about the process of moving itself and quite often, stress.
But what is it about moving that leads many of us to experience feelings of stress and even anxiety? And what can be done to alleviate those feelings when we start to experience them? Read on for our top tips on how to deal with stress during a house move.
Stress is a natural feeling of emotional or physical tension that quite often surfaces when we feel under pressure to do something or complete a certain task. People will quite often experience stress when there is an imbalance between what’s being demanded of us and our ability to cope with those demands.
Why Does Moving House Make Us Feel Stressed?
There are many reasons why moving house can make us feel stressed and the reasons can differ from person to person. When we experience stress in a house move situation it can be because:
- We are juggling a lot of responsibilities and tasks and are struggling to manage.
- We are feeling uncertainty about any upcoming changes and the unknown.
- We are feeling emotional and sentimental about the thought of leaving our familiar surroundings, friends and neighbours.
- We may lack the financial resources to move house
- We are on a moving deadline and perhaps feel we don’t have enough time to get everything done before moving day.
How Does Stress Affect Us?
Stress can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health. While a little bit of stress can be useful by means of motivating us to get things done and meet deadlines, too much stress can leave us feeling tired and overwhelmed.
Some signs that show we are experiencing too much stress include:
- Inability to relax/unwind
- Feeling irritable, angry or impatient
- Experiencing mood swings
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Feeling physically exhausted
- Difficulty in focusing and paying attention
How To Manage Stress During A House Move
Everyone experiences stress differently. We also manage stress in different ways. When it comes to dealing with stress during a house move, below are some recommendations that can help alleviate feelings of stress during a house move:
Start by creating a plan of all the tasks you need to complete and particularly focus on areas you are feeling worried or anxious about. While this may seem like a step that’s worth skipping, you’d be surprised about how much better you’ll feel once you’ve clarified what you need to do. Putting your moving plan down on paper can also serve as a checklist so that you don’t forget any steps.
Start As Soon As Possible
When it comes to moving, the sooner you start the process of packing and getting some of the administrative tasks of your move out of the way, the smoother and less stressful your whole moving experience will be.
If you’re looking to work with a professional removalist company, get in touch with them early to book in your moving date. Reach out to your utility suppliers to organise a transfer of your services to your new address so that you will be move-in ready.
Ask For Help
Moving doesn’t have to be difficult nor something you have to tackle on your own. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends if you need a hand with packing your belongings or even loading your furniture onto the moving truck on moving day.
If you don’t happen to have any family or friends around to help out with your move, removalist companies do offer a range of services to help make your life easier by including a furniture pre-packing service, man and ute for hire and even a temporary furniture storage service if required.
Keep Essentials Accessible
Another easy trick for tackling moving stress is to place your essential daily-use items such as your toothbrush, towels, cutlery, medications, toiletries, etc.) together into a moving box so they are easy to find and accessible once you get to your new place. That way, you won’t have to search through countless boxes for each of your items that you need to use right away.
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