How To Handle The Rollercoaster of Emotions When Moving

Every day, people deal with transitions in sometimes vastly different ways. But there is no escaping the fact that change and emotions go hand-in-hand. Significant changes such as marriage, graduations, retirement, and buying a new home come with highs and lows.

We sometimes forget that the moving process itself tends to create an internal rollercoaster that can be challenging to navigate. By identifying issues that may heighten feelings and employing strategies to manage them, you can enjoy moving and the new space that awaits.

What You Need To Know About Moving Stress

One of the driving reasons that many people find moving so stressful comes down to “fear of the unknown.” We like flexing a certain amount of control over our daily routines, and moving reshuffles the deck thoroughly. One living space is in boxes, strangers are loading your comfortable belongings into a truck, and everything you own will be in a new place — including you — when you wake up tomorrow.

It’s not unusual for people to experience telltale signs of stress before moving, such as the following.

  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Sleeplessness
  • Persistent worrying
  • Feeling out of control

Can you relate to any of those? Now that we understand what we’re dealing with internally, we can do something about it.

Strategies That Help Overcome Moving Stress

If fear of the unknown starts our heads spinning, knowledge can prove to be a powerful cure. Consider conducting some online research about the various steps involved in moving. Read blogs about how long people usually take to unpack and get settled.

Consider ways the moving company can fast-track the process by providing a detailed plan about where things will go in the new space. There are moving checklists and advice columns about expediting the process. With that knowledge in hand, you can map out a plan to demonstrate how the process unfolds and precisely when you will wake up in an organized home.

How To Manage Family Moving Emotions

When adults decide that moving is in a family’s best interest, children may disagree. Their world may revolve around friends, school, and extracurricular activities. Things like job opportunities and improved quality of life are not necessary ideas they fully comprehend.

That’s why it’s essential to break the news of a move gently. Be prepared to answer questions about schools, people, activities, and issues that matter to children. Keep in mind children do not like change or the unknown any more than adults. It’s essential to exercise patients when their emotions overflow.

Make The Moving Process Fun For Children

The moving process does not necessarily need to be a difficult time for children. In fact, youngsters can be incredibly resilient. With a little prompting and promotion of the new space and neighborhood, it might not be difficult to make the ride fun. 

These are the ways some parents make transitioning easier.

  • Help your child organize the contact info of friends before moving.
  • Encourage your child to make a map of their new room.
  • Point out the perks of the new space.
  • Help your child run a Google search of age-appropriate activities in the area.

Although not every parent likes the idea of kids playing video games, they have become almost like playgroups, where friends log in together. Headsets and microphones allow youths to play and talk virtually like real life. The point is that the younger generation appears more comfortable with electronic communication. When used appropriately, it can alleviate homesickness by maintaining contact with friends in the old neighborhood.

Making the Move Easier

While we cannot avoid the fact that relocating raises at least some worry about the unknown, knowledge, planning, and a good moving company can make a world of difference.

We can help you plan a stress-free move. Contact us today for a quote.