“Help! I’m getting ready to move and the very thought of it stresses me out.” If this is you prior to your move then read on. Perhaps we can point out a few mistakes, previously made by others, that you might be able to avoid.
WAITING UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE
In his famous book, David Copperfield, Charles Dickens wrote: “Procrastination is the thief of time.” Waiting until the last minute is one of the first moving stressors that comes to mind and one to avoided in order to eliminate stress throughout your move. Be sure to give yourself plenty of running room to include those unforeseen issues that may arise in order to help eliminate stress. Experts have said that you should estimate the time you think it will take to move and then add an additional 50% to that number. There are always set backs in life. It’s Murphy’s Law. So, in order to get ahead of the game, you should plan your move.
NOT BEING PREPARED
This brings us to the second moving mistake to avoid in order to eliminate stress: not being prepared. Most experts agree that you should begin planning your move approximately eight weeks out from the moving date.
Of course, the distance of your move will also affect the amount of time it will take you to prepare. For instance, if you are moving from New York to Florida, you should give yourself additional time to prepare since you will also be mapping the time it will take for long-distance travel as well as coordinating the logistics of the move from a distance.
These things are doable, but they can also be stressful, especially if you wait until the last minute. Unforeseen issues such as someone’s internet service being interrupted due to a storm or paperwork that didn’t get signed and scanned into the computer in a timely manner, etc. can interfere with your timeframe even when moving locally. Therefore, planning ahead and giving yourself plenty of time will certainly assist to eliminate stress in your move.
NOT TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF THROUGHOUT YOUR MOVE
So, from the above mentioned and utterly avoidable obstacles above, we can see that a lack of order can trigger stress. But let’s not forget that taking care of yourself throughout the move can also help to eliminate stress.
Areas of major concern would be the three contributing factors to good health: proper nutrition, plenty of water and calculated rest times. Plan your meals ahead of time. Make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks on hand, especially on the day of the move. Keep plenty of drinking water on hand. Plan a tea or coffee time where you simply sit and let your mind and body take a breather. Consider using a few yoga moves. See our blog posted July 17, 2020, Chair Yoga as a Means to Relieve Stress While Moving, for some tips on relieving stress via yoga. Above all, don’t forget to ask for help if you need it.
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