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Overwhelmed About Relocating? 3 Tips To Manage the Stress of Moving

Are you relocating for work? While it's an exciting milestone, the stress of moving can overshadow your happiness. Managing your to-do list and taking time for self-care can help you through the process.

1. Break Up Your To-Do List

Relocating for work can be incredibly overwhelming. You're starting a new job while you and your family are beginning anew in a different city. It's no wonder your to-do list is longer than your arm.

Planning and organizing are essential to using your time effectively. Try doing a brain dump by making a list of every task you can think of. When you get all of them on paper, you can prioritize the most critical ones.

The best way to handle big projects is to break them into smaller tasks that you can manage in a few days or hours. Packing your belongings, for example, is a huge job. You can divide it into separate duties. Your list may look something like this:

⦁ Plan a starting date.

⦁ Interview moving companies.

⦁ Declutter and downsize.

⦁ Rent a storage unit from Storage Place.

⦁ Collect packing boxes, tape, and packing material.

Donate nonperishable food.

Once you have an organized list, delegate jobs to family members and set completion deadlines. Hopefully, breaking down your tasks will make moving feel more manageable.

2. Find Fun Things To Do in Your New City

Your family may need some things to look forward to amidst the chaos. Make a few visits to your new town so that you can get firsthand knowledge of what it has to offer. You can also do research online by reading reviews of restaurants and local attractions. Make exploring a family activity.

3. Take Care of Yourself and Your Family

According to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, new jobs and changes in living arrangements can cause a lot of stress. Unfortunately, there's no way to completely duck the tension of moving. You may need to dig deeply into your reserves of patience and resilience. Not only do you need them for yourself, but your family also needs your support.

Children can struggle during a move. It's not easy to leave friends and familiar places behind. Older children may feel angry and sad. Toddlers and younger children may not fully understand what's happening. They can become clingy and regress developmentally.

Some ideas to help your children include:

⦁ Give them control over some things, such as what color to paint their room and where to place the furniture.

⦁ Don't make them give away possessions they aren't ready to part with. Taking familiar toys means extra packing, but it helps children feel comforted.

⦁ Keep their schedule the same. Maintain bedtime routines, and don't try to start potty training right now.

⦁ Stay in touch with old friends by writing letters, sending photos or making video calls.

If you're the one starting a new job, your spouse may have some feelings, too. Even if the decision was mutual, your partner might feel resentment and loss. You can show support by:

⦁ Helping your partner find a job in your new city

⦁ Letting he or she speak openly about concerns and listening with empathy

⦁ Giving your spouse the lead role in some decisions, such as choosing homes to view

Finally, don't forget to take care of yourself. Nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep help you manage your anxieties as well as show up for your loved ones.

Relocating for work is an ordeal. If you take care of each other in the process, you can successfully make the move.