The Stress Of Moving (and How to Fight It)

Moving is something all of us will do at one time or another. We may be moving three blocks away or three time zones away, but it’s a universal experience. Every move is different, and every move comes with a unique set of stressors. From the minute you decide to move to the moment you unpack the final box in your new house, things will be trying and often uncertain. There are steps you can take to mitigate at least some of that stress.

Hire Movers

One of the biggest favors you can do for you and your family is to hire a set of trained professionals to assist you with the move. Let them (carefully) throw the stuff on the truck and haul it to your next stop. You’ve got enough to worry about.

“But shouldn’t I do that?” you might be thinking. “Isn’t that my job?” Your job is to get to where you’re going as efficiently as possible. The next chapter of your life is starting regardless of how you get there. The next chapter doesn’t really care if you hire a truck yourself and deal with all the hassles that come with it. Sure, you could try and bribe your friends to help you move, but don’t be surprised if they all come down with the same mysterious stomach bug on the same day.

It doesn’t matter if you’re moving from Queens to Hamilton, New Jersey, or from Queens to Hamilton, Ohio. You can and should still hire professionals who complete more moves in a week than you’ll probably complete in your lifetime.

Yes, it will cost money, but moving costs money in general. There’s no way around it. It’s far better to spend that money on a dependable moving service than on other things. We’ve all heard the horror stories that go something like this: A family hires a shady moving company without doing any real research, only to somehow get taken advantage of by people who care more about money than doing the job right. Maybe the movers end up taking custody of all the family’s possessions, only to demand more money than the original quote before they’ll unload it. Or maybe they’re careless and haphazard with the furniture, which means the antique lamp gets delivered in pieces. It’s not worth risking that. Ask friends and family if they have any recommendations. Look up plenty of reviews online. Then hire reliable movers who will give you a fair price while also getting the job done.

 Take Time to Relax

It’s hard to think of relaxing when faced with a five-page moving checklist. So you may want to take this step after you’ve arrived at your new place, but don’t wait too long. Before you even get there, schedule an appointment for something that will renew you mentally and physically. That could mean a trip to the acupuncturist. It could mean getting a hot stone massage or a manicure. It could mean all of the above. Even if the move went as smoothly as possible, you’re still recovering from a trying time. Before you launch yourself headlong into your exciting new town, take a few hours to unwind and remind yourself of how far you’ve come.