It’s no secret that moving can be time-consuming, expensive, and, most of all, stressful. We’ve all been there. Unmanaged levels of stress can physically manifest in the form of health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, in general, a lack of sleep.
While moving will almost always involve a certain amount of stress, there are things that you can do to reduce that stress. Here, that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about.
If the big move has you far too stressed, just keep these moving solutions in mind.
Do What You Can in Advance
The more you do now, the less you have to worry about later. Sounds simple right? If you have a long laundry list of things you need to do over the course of a few months, do as much as you can as soon as you find out about the move.
This way, as moving day slowly approaches, you’ll know that you’ve done everything you can. Advance planning includes making a schedule, collecting boxes, choosing a reputable moving company, organizing your belongings, etc.
Knowing that you’ve already fulfilled those responsibilities will allow you to relax in the meantime. When moving day finally comes, you’ll have the energy you need to get the job done and enjoy the ride to your new adventure. (See also: How to Care for Your Mental and Emotional Health When Moving to a New Home)
Make a Schedule
If you’re regularly unsure of what you’re supposed to be doing, you’re dealing with a lot of unnecessary stress. Simply make an actionable schedule that you think you could really stick to. This way, you can do what you need to do and then stop thinking about it.
Making a schedule and following it through will allow you to focus on the task at hand while you work. Furthermore, it’ll allow you to relax when you’re not working.
Relax and Bide Your Time
If you’ve managed your time well, you should have a big gap between the advance planning phase and moving day. Remember that schedule you made? It should include a day on which you need to start packing. Until that day comes, try not the think about it. Just relax and take it easy.
Of course, this schedule should give you plenty of time to pack everything that you need. You don’t want to get to packing day and then get stressed out due to lack of time.
It’s always advisable to pack in little by little. If going room by room is too stressful try breaking it down into smaller bites. For example, a closet within one room or a dresser.
Giving yourself enough time is an important part of staying calm throughout this traditionally stressful process. Furthermore, while you’re waiting for the big day to arrive, you can still begin to pack the items that you won’t need before moving.
Just do this when you have free time. If you’ve alotted enough time to pack in the future, there’s no need to rush and stress yourself out. When you’re bored, you can just passively label and pack boxes. This will just make packing day even easier when it finally comes.
Before Moving, Take Some Extra Measures
During the packing and moving process, it’s more important than ever to manage your stress. Packing and moving can take days and sometimes even weeks. After a busy day of packing, it’s extremely important to unwind and relax so you have enough energy for the next day.
Do whatever relaxes you. Get a massage, listen to some music, or watch a movie. Everyone is unique, and you probably know how to best unwind at the end of a long day. Just do whatever it takes. Try to gradually relax more and more as your evening progresses.
Plan for a Deep and Restful Night of Sleep
Most importantly, take proper measures to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep. A healthy, restful night’s sleep can make all the difference when it comes to your level of stress and energy.
Try to avoid blue light for around an hour before going to sleep. That means put down the phone and turn off the computer, or at least change the display settings to a warmer tone to help your brain from remaining active.
Get the Amount of Sleep You Need
In addition to getting deep and restful sleep, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Everyone is different, but generally, a full night’s sleep should last anywhere from 7-9 hours.
Most people know how much sleep they need to feel at their best. If you wake up before you have gotten your ideal amount of sleep, don’t hesitate to sleep in a little or take a quick cat nap throughout the day when you can.
As long as you don’t have any early morning responsibilities to take care of, that extra bit of sleep will probably benefit you in the long run. You’ll have more energy throughout your busy day of moving, and you’ll be more efficient as a result.
Keep Your Stress Low During a Big Move
There’s so much to consider when moving that, too often, people can forget to relax. This can be bad for both your mental and physical health. During this time of increased stress, it’s important to maintain balance by going out of your way to relax.
A lot of people have trouble relaxing, but there’s a lot that you can do to decrease your level of stress when moving. If you’re one of the many people that struggle to relax, take these tips into consideration before planning for the big move.
About The Author:
Brandon Morris – I am the owner of a moving company called North Dallas Moving & Storage. I’ve lived in the DFW area my entire life. I currently, live in Denton County with my wife of 12 years & 2 children. I love to travel, go to my kid’s sporting events, & festivals with the family.