Even when you are excited about moving to a bigger or better home or suburb, your emotions can slide from one extent to another. Common emotions experienced are: regret, anxiety, stress, doubt, fear, loss and sadness. Of course it’s not all bad! You most likely will also experience feelings of excitement, happiness, gratitude and fulfillment.
Here are some tips to make the transition run more smoothly:
Be prepared for the emotional rollercoaster, it’s normal to feel anxious and stressed.
Be organised – plan ahead. Get a head start on the packing, arranging removalists, organising for the facilities to be available at the new premises etc.
De-clutter as you pack. Think of the move as a new chapter in your life and give away clothes, furniture and clutter that are not needed. You can always take photos of items you would like to remember.
Stay fit and healthy! Although you may need to rely on take-away food on moving day, make sure you eat healthily, exercise regularly and drink lots of water throughout the lead up to moving day. You will manage your emotions much better if you are in top form.
Manage your stress. Find practical ways to release stress regularly. You might choose to walk around the block each day, go to the gym, relax in a bubble bath, listen to relaxation music or read a favourite book.
Acknowledge the sense of loss. If you are already missing your current home, school or neighbourhood do something to signify the feeling. You might like to take some photos of your family and friends enjoying time together. You might like to make a scrapbook with pictures and stories of some of your favourite memories or perhaps write a poem.
Look to the future. Visualise the move has already taken place and you are settled in your new home. Imagine yourself going about your day feeling relaxed, content and calm. Notice what you are enjoying the most.
Stay connected. Spend time with friends and family and enjoy being surrounded by positive support. Feel free to share your feelings with others. Talking about your concerns is an effective way for you to process what you are feeling and gain a new perspective.
Set a new goal. Plan something to look forward to after the move. It might be a house warming party. You might make arrangements to catch up with friends. You might plan to buy new bed linen or furniture. It can be anything that helps you look past the ordeal of the move and into the future with excitement.
Celebrate! Remember, your life is what you make it. If you look for the positives in any situation you will find it.
This blog was written by Sherri Mulconry and is the director of Life Makeovers at Warners Bay. She helps her clients to ‘feel the change’ through hypnotherapy, coaching and counselling programs. www.lifemakeovers.com.au