Dealing with the stress of a big move

Posted on: 15 November 2017

Moving house can be a very stressful experience. Packing, planning and paperwork can feel never-ending, and the scale of the project can be daunting, especially if you're moving over a long distance. Although the time around a move is a busy one, it's important to do what you can to minimise the stress. Here are a few tips. 

Start early

As soon as you know you're going to move, you'll want to get started on some parts of the moving process. Moving house involves lots of little tasks, from deciding which clothes you're going to keep to notifying government offices of your change of address. Most of these are relatively short and simple, but if you leave them all until late they can be very stressful. Get started as early as you can to spread these tasks out over time. 

Do something every day

One of the most important things you can do to help eliminate some of the stress of moving is to get a little of your packing and planning done every day. Even if it's just packing a single box of books, getting part of your move preparation done will help you feel like you're progressing toward your goal. 

Schedule personal time

Although there's a lot to do to get ready for your move, you need to make time for yourself. Especially in the early stages, your move can feel like a task that will never be completed, meaning that you have to pour every spare minute into it. To combat this, make sure that you schedule some time for yourself. This can be anything from making sure you get 10 minutes to sit down and just quietly breathe, or it can mean writing in a night off to spend with friends and family. Don't feel like you're neglecting the move; by taking care of yourself, you're making yourself better able to handle the stress.

Get help

Few people move house alone. Whether you hire a firm of removalists or recruit volunteers from your family and friends, you can usually count on some extra support on the move day itself. But what about the weeks before you actually move? Recruit help, either volunteer or professional, for tasks like packing, gathering supplies, taking apart furniture, and so on. The extra help will make these tasks go by more quickly and the company will lessen some of the pressure. 

For more information, contact companies like Atkins Removals & Storage Pty Ltd.