They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you will ever have to do, and they are not wrong! The upheaval that it causes is massive – with plenty of worries about fitting into the new community to deal with on top of all of the logistical things to worry about. If you have a young family you will be worried about how the children will fit into their new schools and how they will cope with leaving their old friends, and if you are moving away from elderly relatives then you will wonder how they will fare without you there to help them out. There are plenty of guides online to help you plan the logistics of your house move, but in this article we are going to concentrate on how to stay sane throughout the entire process. Take a deep breath, grab a cup of tea and read on:
Look After Yourself
Don’t underestimate the effect that moving house has on your mental health and wellbeing. You will be permanently stressed for weeks if not months beforehand, and you will more than likely keep yourself up at night worrying about lots of little things associated with the move. You really need to look after yourself during this process, and it’s important to take some time out to nurture yourself. Join a yoga class, practice meditation and go for a nice long walk every now and again to clear your head. Spend time with friends, particularly those that you are going to be leaving behind, and make the most of the time that you have with them. You will find that they will be happy to help you with the move, so you’re not on your own.
Talk to Your Children
Your children may well find the move hard – maybe even harder than you’re finding it. You need to speak to them throughout the entire process, explaining things every step of the way and making sure that they feel comfortable with what is going on. Take them to see their new school and make sure that they meet a few of the students who will become their friends. Allow them to feel sad about leaving their old friends, and perhaps organize a leaving party. These days it is easier to stay in touch with old friends thanks to Facebook, so make sure they have the necessary resources in order to be able to do this. The happier your children feel about the move, the happier you will be. If they are excited then you will feed off this and the whole process will happen far more smoothly.
The Moving Day Itself
You can pretty much guarantee that the moving day itself is going to be a little bit stressful. Make sure that you have plenty of friends around to help out. Have some music playing as you are lifting and shifting, and take regular tea breaks.
Make sure you pack a box full of sandwiches, crisps and snacks to fuel you and your family throughout the day. It’ll all soon be over!