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How to Manage You and Your Family’s Stress When Moving

Moving to another place with your family can be a big joy for you. At first, starting another life in a new place can provide you with excitement and a feeling of the rapid flow of life. However, that experience can turn into a huge stressor for the whole family. Your energy, as well as the energy of your loved ones, is not endless. Moreover, the change of habitual patterns, numerous details which you need to take into account, discussion, and making important dissections — it all costs effort and energy. Fortunately, there are a few tips that can help you decrease the level of stress caused by moving.

Give Yourself Time

Find the time to think through the whole upcoming process of moving. On paper, write steps that you want to do, items that you want to pack, and everything needed for a successful move. Try to organize the process in such a way that it would minimize the haste. Refuse all non-urgent activity: gym, tiresome entertainment, or interpersonal conflicts, you need to spare your energy.

Care for Your Health

Packing, the road, repacking, cleaning of a new premise, exploring a new place, etc., it all takes your time and intention. However, you have to remember to take care of your health condition. Your diet should not consist of junk food alone. Keep sticking to your daily, healthy patterns: sleep enough, brush your teeth, and regularly take showers.

Take Care of Your Emotional Condition

If you are long-distance movers, say goodbye to your neighbors and friends. Especially children that require a farewell party because their psyche is more delicate. At the new place, meet neighbors, by doing so, you will accept the new place as a home sooner rather than later.

Do Not Allow Negative thoughts into Your Head

To get rid of the blues, boredom, and loneliness: keep yourself busy. Research what opportunities the new place offers you. What social clubs, entertainment, and interesting places can you find there? Stay connected to each other and spend time together with your close ones. Talk about different topics and share your feelings with them.

Natural Mind Boosters

There are plenty of safe, chemical-free remedies that will reduce your stress and give you energy. Try extracts of beneficial herbs such as Ashwagandha, ginseng, Rhodiola Rosea, or mushrooms like lion’s mane and reishi. It is preferable to start taking them 2-3 weeks before the stressful period because, as a rule, natural nootropics start to show their effect after accumulation within the body.

Tim Esterdahl

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