Make Moving Less Stressful With These Tips From The Pros

September 25, 2018

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The average American will move 11 times in their life, six of those times by the age of 30. But after death and divorce, moving ranks as the third most stressful life event we encounter. So why do we do it over and over again? Well, its life and sometimes moving is just par for the course. So here are some of the things that make you feel so stressed out when you move, along with some potential salve for your distress. First and most important, plan for financial strain. Moving is expensive, especially if it involves a long distance move.  In many circumstances a move is necessary to find work, which means you don't have a lot of money to get you there and that can cause a lot of anxiety. Plus expenses ad up quickly, even with a local move. So consider if it's worth moving furniture, appliances or storage items or is it better to just get rid of it and start fresh.  For instance, is your Craigslist $50 couch worth the $1,000 to move it across country? Probably not. Brace yourself for a sense of social loss. A move disrupts the safety net you’re used to relying on, whether it’s babysitting help from your parents, someone to hang out with on Friday nights, or a neighbor who helps you carry in groceries from the car. Eventually you will find new friends, but during the period of finding them, be prepared to be a hermit crab without a shell. Experts recommend getting out and socializing in your new area as soon as possible and while keeping in touch with your old friends is easy, it is important to plant roots quickly in your new area.  Keep in mind that a big move can be full of misery, it can help you grow as a person. A big change forces a rearrangement of mental schema, and often involves reexamining what makes you happy and what doesn’t, and what you need and what you don’t. Identities naturally shift over time and external changes can provide a space for that to happen for a person who’s been avoiding it.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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