While there are a lot of things in your life that can cause you stress, one major life change that causes almost everyone at least a little bit of stress is moving from one home to another. Especially if you have to move a very long distance or have to move at very short notice, you can feel a lot of stress as a result of these changes. But luckily, there are some things you can do to help minimize this stress. So to save yourself some headaches and worry, here are three tips for managing the stress that comes with moving.
Give Yourself As Much Time As Possible
Although this variable isn’t always completely in your control, Diane Schmidt, a contributor to The Spruce, recommends giving yourself as much time as possible to prepare and plan for your move. Schmidt states that 8 to 12 weeks is generally enough time to get everything organized for a move. So if you know you’ll be moving in the near future, try to start the whole process a month or two before your moving date. And if you have to move in a shorter timeframe, try your best to use your time effectively and make solid preparations before things start moving too quickly.
Packing up your house can be one of the aspects of moving that causes people, especially families with kids, the most amount of stress. To save yourself work on the actual day you move, you want to have things packed up beforehand. But to make your lives easier at your current residence, there are certain things you’ll want to wait to pack until the last minute. However, finding this balance can be very stressful. To help with this, Barbara Markway, a contributor to Psychology Today, recommends leaving things that are for self-care or sanctuary items until the very last. This will help you stay calm and less stressed during the whole process of moving.
Get Help When You Need It
Managing every aspect of your move by yourself can be hard. And although this may add some additional costs to your move, for the sake of your own sanity, Carol Morgan, a contributor to Huffington post, recommends hiring some help when you need it. You can find people who can help you packing up your home, move your belongings, clean your home, and more. And if you’d don’t want to have to pay a service for these acts, you can always tap into your own relationships to ask friends and family for a hand.
If you have an upcoming move approaching and are worried about the stress it will cause you, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you better manage this situation.