Three Ways to Make Moving Less Stressful
People move for all sorts of different reasons. Some pack up to move out on their own for the first time or for an exciting job opportunity. Of course, there’s the biggie — getting hitched. Then, there are the not-so-fun reasons like financial fiascos or nasty breakups.
Whether you’re psyched or crying in your coffee over changing your address, moving can quickly and easily spiral into an incredibly stressful situation.
The reason why a move can create such a sense of imbalance is because the process touches your emotions down to your very core. Changing where you live may even be tied into the process of changing your life. The inherent change involved in adjustment often produces stress.
Based on a combination of personal experience, research and working with my patients, I’ve learned that there are three important factors that contribute to a sense of increased stress during a move. The great news is, for each of these challenges, there are also strategies you can use to help make the process of moving easier and less stressful.
Challenge One: The Sheer Chaos
It doesn’t matter if you’re heading down the street, across the city or to another country – moving is chaotic! There are a number of details that you need to attend to and organize to ensure that everything goes according to plan. These details include getting the keys to your new place and packing up your belongings. When you have little ones or other family members you also have to ensure that their needs are taken care of during this time.
Once you move into your new place, the chaos doesn’t end. All of the boxes that you’ve packed need unpacking. A lot of times, all of your existing furniture and belongings don’t fit in the new space. Your children still demand your attention, and you may not be able to find some of your personal files.
Strategy: Tolerate & Manage Chaos During the Move
The first thing that you need to accept is that you can tolerate the chaos. This kind of chaos is temporary. It might take a few days or even a few months, but as you start to work through the boxes and different tasks, you’ll eventually calm and weather the storm.
During the move itself, a great strategy to try is for each family member to pack and take a backpack with their essentials. This will help everyone to get through the 72 hours of the actual move knowing that they have everything they truly need until the rest of their things are moved.