For the most part, a residential move is an exciting time that presents new opportunities, So why do you need to Treat Yourself After a Big Move? because that’s not always the case. Relocation depression is a common and serious condition. Like most forms of depression, the relocation blues usually do not go away on their own.
The good news is that there are a number of post-move activities that can end these doldrums.
Frequently, a very brief break in the routine is enough to fully recharge your batteries.
Part of the solution has nothing to do with what you do after the move, and everything to do with what you do before the move. A good relocation partner, such as Green Van Lines, helps you plan your move in detail, which reduces stress. Our moving services also decrease the physical stress of moving. You and your family and friends do not have to do all the heavy lifting. Making some changes on the front end speeds recovery on the back end.
Alternatively, you could do the opposite. Turn your smartphone’s ringer all the way off (putting it on vibrate doesn’t count) and turn on some music or read a book. Unplugging, even if it is in your living room, is a great way to reset and recharge. After thirty minutes or so, you’ll be ready to go and probably have some new ideas about the tasks you must tackle.
Take Care of Pets
Moving is not just stressful for people. It’s hard on pets as well. In fact, it might be even harder. They only know they are someplace new and unfamiliar. They don’t understand the logic behind the relocation. All creatures great and small love new toys. Dogs also enjoy extensive walks so they can get used to their new environments. If you have a cat though, and you let it go a-wandering don’t expect to see it for a few days.
Cook for the Family
Yes, earlier we said that eating out was a good way to de-stress. And for some people, that’s true. Other people need to quickly establish routines when they relocate. That means knowing one’s way around the kitchen. To change it up a little, eat on paper plates or eat in a different part of the house.
Focus on your Physical Health
Your mind is not the only thing that needs a break after a move. Your body probably needs a break as well. First things first. Find all your vitamins or medicine and put it in its proper place. A new environment is not a legitimate reason to skip a dose. Then, focus on your other needs. Take some me time and have a bath, some gym time, or whatever else gets you feeling whole again.
Get Some Rest
Sleeping or even napping is a good way for both your mind and body to recover. Go to bed early, sleep late, or stretch out on the couch during the middle of the day. This tip usually requires some planning. You can’t make time for additional rest if you haven’t built it into the move.
At Green Van Lines, we excel at planning. Whether you are moving across the country or across the street, this is not our first rodeo. We understand how draining a relocation can be, and we are here to make things a little easier on you during the process.
Our crew won’t even mind if you nod off in the cab of the truck on your way to your new place. For more ways to feel more at home in your new home, contact us now.
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Plan a Housewarming Party
What’s that old saying about old and new friends? Isn’t the first one silver and the second one gold, or is it the other way around? Regardless, a housewarming party is a nice way to gather old friends and new neighbors together under one roof. Barbecues usually work well.
This idea is not for everyone. Shopping increases stress and exhaustion for many people. But if a new pair of shoes or a new computer game cheers you up, go for it. As a bonus, the new item helps you focus on the positive aspects of your relocation, even if those positive aspects are rather hard to identify.
Some people love cooking and they enjoy making things for the people they love. But everyone needs a break once in a while. Those moving crates in the kitchen will still be there when you get back. For the moment, take a break and enjoy some of what your new community has to offer. Don’t forget to ask your Green Van Lines team for advice about the go-to neighborhood restaurants as well as the ones to avoid.
There’s no time like the present to take a walk around the neighborhood and see what’s there. If you’re the sociable type, knock on doors and say hi to your new neighbors. If you are not quite that bold, hide in the bushes and wait for them to come out, and then say hello. Wait, someone might call the police if you do that. So nevermind.
What’s that? Do you say you haven’t unpacked the TV set or the remote wound up in another box? No problem. Grab your laptop, tablet, or even your phone, pick up some snacks and watch a movie alone or with friends and family.
Go to the Theater
Yes, you want to enjoy your new home. All of that work went into buying and moving into the new property. But it was so much work. You should reward yourself by getting out for a bit.
Before the big move, you were likely scrounging every penny. You skipped going to any big releases at the theater. So, consider going to see a movie or a show. At the theater, you can shut off your mind and worries, enjoy the story, and take a few hours to yourself.