Our recent move came after several already stressful months. A week before the move I was close to a breakdown. But I held it together thanks to a few stress management techniques.
Being prepared for the move is key to keeping your stress levels low. If you’re doing everything last minute, of course you’ll feel the pressure. If you have enough time, plan your move out fully. Write out timelines so you know exactly what to do when. Don’t wait until the last minute. You’ll feel like you have plenty of time, but the move date will creep up on you quickly.
Keep Things in Perspective
Yes, a move is a major deal. But in the end you will survive. Your belongings will all get packed. And you’ll eventually be settled in your new place. The move period is a chaotic and busy time, but it is short lived. Focus on the long term and the benefits of moving to keep the stress under control.
Even though your to-do list is likely longer than ever, don’t forget to give yourself breaks. Removing yourself from the process may make you feel refreshed and better able to tackle the packing when you do return. Catching up with friends before you move is a great way to take breaks, especially if you’re moving out of the area. Set up some lunch dates with friends to say goodbye and give your mind a break.
Use Stress Management Techniques
Despite your attempts at keeping perspective on the move, you may still feel overwhelming stress. When you notice yourself snapping over little things or feeling like you can’t take anymore, use some relaxation techniques. Try some of these options:
- Take deep breaths. Count as you inhale and blow out the air through your mouth.
- Meditate in a quiet spot.
- Repeat a calming mantra.
- Do yoga.
- Do something creative like drawing.
- Listen to an inspirational song.
You’re bound to feel stress during a move. Managing the stress is key to not letting it interfere with what you need to do to complete the move.