Moving to another location can be more emotionally challenging than expected. On one side, there is a lot of change happening at once, and on the other hand, the thought of saying goodbye to your support system (family, friends, colleagues) as well as leaving your old life behind, could be overwhelming.
Psychologists agree that for some people, the most difficult part of moving is dealing with the anxiety and depression that often comes after a big change like this. Fortunately, there are effective ways to manage those low moods, as you will see throughout this article.
1. Make Your New Place Home
Start unpacking as soon as you can, and create a familiar environment by placing the same furnishings and meaningful items throughout your new living space:
- light candles or use warmers with your favorite fragrances;
- place your most beloved decorative pieces in different spots around the house;
- put pictures of you and your loved ones in your family room and bedroom;
- play the music you love;
- play the TV shows or movies that you like;
- bake or cook one of your cherished recipes;
- place your cozy pillows and throw blankets on your couches.
Old sights smells and sounds will give you a sense of happiness and comfort, as you set up a habitual scene in the new house or apartment.
2. Stay In Touch With The People You Love.
In a connected world where the standard is using the large selection of social media platforms available, and other digital resources like Skype, it's easier than ever to keep in touch and maintain meaningful relationships alive. You can also invite your friends and family to visit your new home and spend a great time exploring the local attractions, shopping and dining together.
3. Familiarize With Your New Environment
Most people feel a certain level of anxiety when they start a new life in a city or town that they barely know or don’t know at all. That’s why is important to step out of our comfort zone and go and explore the new community. You can start by taking a stroll around your neighborhood first; explore the places closer to your home to locate services like grocery stores, parks, pharmacies, post offices, schools, transportation, churches, medical facilities, police stations, and libraries among other services. Then, adventure even further and visit your new city. Take a walk around downtown, visit the city parks and historic landmarks, take a stroll in a shopping district or mall, take yourself to lunch or dinner, and enjoy! The more you get to know your new location, the more familiar it will become.
4. Get Involved In Your New Community And Make Friends.
An excellent way to get involved in your new community faster and easier, and meet new people at the same time, is by joining a group or a club where you can practice the hobbies or activities you love the most. You can also participate and help in events organized by the church and other charitable institutions; volunteer for a good cause, join the local reading club, use your skills and talents to teach something productive to a specific sector of your community, join a group to practice new, fun and exciting activities.
Finally, we want to finish this article by reminding you to always keep positive thinking. You will be amazed to see all the fresh and great possibilities that will open in front of you, if you focus on the bright side of life and have the conviction that you will reach happiness, health and success no matter where you are. With a positive attitude and hard work, you are capable to fulfill your goals and overcome any obstacle and difficulty.