So you have been planning your move and the date is swiftly approaching. It suddenly hits you that you won’t be able to see your friends and/or family as much as you used to do. In understanding that both sadness and loneliness are real feelings you will have to deal with, here are some preventive measures you can take to combat these feelings which occur when you move. These are known as being homesick and has been referred to as Post-relocation depression syndrome.
HOW TO COPE
First of all, now that the time to go is close, you could throw a farewell get-together. Provide each guest with a small pocket calendar. You can find some cute, inexpensive ones at any dollar store. In these, you can make plans for the future to visit each other as well as make sure you have your friend’s birth dates and any pertinent contact information.
You have been blessed to have been born into a time when there is a wealth of contact avenues. The world is no longer as big as it used to be and distance is not as far away as it used to be either. Wow. Why not take advantage of all the ways we have today that help to lessen the distance between you and your loved ones and help to provide you with almost immediate contact. They will be helpful in sharing your experiences and thoughts when not together. It is a good idea to make a plan for times when it is convenient for both parties to contact each other so you have a regular time and not leave contacting to chance.
Phone calls (when you really need to hear their voice)
Emails (for lengthy communication and attaching pictures, etc)
Texting ( for immediate contact when not calling or video chatting)
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
Video chats (gives you the ability to have face-to-fact contact with your loved ones who are so far away)
Snail mail (a nice way to for sending gifts or just a special card or thought)
Don’t forget that you can always visit in person, either you go back to see your friends or else invite them to see you. Better yet, why not plan a mini vacation with your family or best friends. This way after you visit and have to return to your new home, you both have a new experience to share with each other.
THE KEY IS TO STAY IN TOUCH
After you move, for certain there will be a change of routine and places you used to go. But there is also a great opportunity to make new friends. (Please see our previous blog: “Explore Your New Retirement Community to Feel At Home” for more information on relocation and making new friends.)
I hope you have found these ideas useful and remember:
Know that Goodbye is not forever.
In fact, why not adopt this motto:
“Family and Friends never say Goodbye, they simply say “See you soon!”
Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.