5 Methods to Cope with Moving Anxiety
Moving is a stressful process. You have to pack up everything you own, ensure that it is well-protected even if you are moving only a short distance, get everything to your new home, and get everything in its new place. And none of that addresses the logistics of settling into a new place, learning about new grocery stores, schools, doctor offices, and so on, as well as making new friends and establishing new routines.
Moving can become an anxiety-inducing process when you think of all that must be done – and that’s true for both long-distance and local moves. Here are a few things you can do to manage your moving anxiety and make the whole process a little easier:
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
If you can control the timeline for your move, give yourself as much time as possible. The longer you have, the less stress you will feel since you won’t be in as much of a hurry to get things done or to research your new location.
In some situations, you may not have much of a choice. For example, your new job may not give you six months to make the move and get settled. However, you may be able to negotiate a little more time to create a somewhat more relaxed pace for your move.
Create a Plan
Many people feel anxious and stress during the moving process because they are just making things up as they go along. They know they have to pack, but they keep thinking they have enough time and put it off.
By the time they get into the thick of packing, they realize they didn’t give themselves enough time, and they start to panic.
Create a plan for your move, including a detailed timeline. Include researching your new city, state, or other locale. Create a list of things to do, and put a deadline next to each one. Be sure to include check-in points along the way to ensure that you are staying on track and to give yourself the opportunity to adjust if needed.
A sense of chaos can envelop you when you are moving. You are juggling a lot of details, you have to meet a lot of deadlines, and at the same time, everything in your house is a mess while you are going through your things and figuring out what to pack and where. Things are even more disordered when you get to your new home as you are unpacking and trying to figure out where the things you need are and where they need to go.
You can reduce your anxiety by staying organized during your move. Label all your boxes with the room name and a rough list of what’s inside. You can also create a room map for your movers, so they can put boxes in the right location in your new home. Keep materials as orderly as possible, and try to avoid leaving stacks of things out. Put them immediately in boxes to pack, and unpack only what you are ready to put away.
Use the Proper Supplies
Worry about your belongings during your move can also be a big problem. You may have items that are extremely valuable or that have great sentimental value, and you may worry that no amount of wrapping is going to protect them during the move. You can reduce your anxiety by investing in the proper moving supplies.
Buy new corrugated cardboard boxes in appropriate sizes for your belongings. Then buy bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts, and other padding material to protect your things. Get furniture blankets, wardrobe boxes, and more. Make sure you are buying the right supplies to protect each thing you own.
Hire Professional Movers
You can take away all your moving anxiety by hiring a local moving company to handle for you. When you put your move in the hands of professional movers, you know that your belongings are going to be transported to your new home quickly and safely. You also give up worrying about the logistics of the move – as well as the back-breaking labor.
To really reduce your anxiety, you can hire a full-service moving company to handle every aspect of your move, including packing up your things, taking them to your new home, and unpacking them.
A to Z Valleywide Movers can handle any aspect of your move, whether you are looking for local or long-distance movers, and whether you are moving across town or across the country. Our trusted movers can pack and unpack your things, or they can simply move them safely to your next location. We handle items of most all sizes and types. We also offer storage for those who need it. Contact us in Gilbert today to get a free quote for your move.