Moving, at the best of times, is difficult. So, when you add the extra emotional stress of a major life change, such as a divorce, death or economic crisis, a move can be a breaking point. Here are some tips to making your shift easier and less stressful.
Try Not to Make Rash Decisions
Before you throw out everything attached to a bad memory, step back and consider if it’s something you really can’t live with. If you can’t – you really can’t – get rid of it. Don’t make decisions out of spite. Usually, those decisions end up being regretted.
Ask for Help
Our pride can be such a hindrance sometimes, making us feel like we should be able to handle the situation on our own. Moving is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do – moving into a new life, is even tougher. So, if you need some tasks done, or you need help packing or sorting things (like the neighbor who kindly sorted my mother’s clothes) or you need a babysitter, ask your friends, family and neighbors.
Be Good to Yourself
Starting a new life is emotionally and physically draining. Be good to yourself during this time. If you’re tired, sleep; if you’re wanting time alone, give it to yourself. Go get your hair styled or get a massage or take some time to watch a movie or two, even if you feel like there’s so much to do. By giving yourself what you need, you’re allowing yourself to heal.
There is no easy way of putting it-moving can be stressful! The amount of packing, the amount of money and the amount of energy that it takes to get out of dodge can really take eon a toll on your mental, emotional and physical self. Before you really crack you need to make sure to take care of yourself, body and soul.
First kind of relaxation and de-stress is a simple form: exercise. Strap on those shoes and iPod and get outside. No better way to release those endorphins than to get your blood pumping on a good run. If running is to harsh on your joints, then try out biking or Pilates, or any other low impact exercise regimens.
Another great way of getting into the Zen mind of thinking is to stretch. Stretching can not only be of great benefit to your body and mind but can also offer its sense of relief. Stretching muscles and ligaments releases all of the built up toxins and stress from everyday life, so make sure to drink plenty of water to pass all of those released toxins through. One great way method of stretching is yoga. Check out your local yoga center and ask for a free day pass to see if it is something you would like.
Lastly, eat for life! Ever heard you are what you eat? Well it is true in every sense of the word. The food that you put in your body is the fuel and the elements that build proteins that essentially—make you who you are! Now if you are downing Coca Cola and pizza, you are only giving your body simple sugars and preservatives to build those proteins. This in essence effects your brain function and your body’s overall ability to stay at a healthy homeostasis. Stick to fruits and vegetables and complex carbohydrates such as brown rice and 100% whole grains.
Sticking to these simple de-stressors can not only help you with a situation like moving, but also in your everyday life.