How to Reduce Your Stress During a Move

man and woman relaxing after packing for move

While a big move can be exciting, it can also be anxiety-inducing. There are several tasks to keep track of, and what’s more, preparing to leave your old home can feel like an overwhelming change. If you think you’re the only one who feels this way, you’re not alone. In a survey of 2,000 Americans, 27% felt that moving was more stressful than a job interview. 13% said they viewed moving as even more stressful than a week in jail!

The good news is that your move can be a positive experience, and you can take comfort from knowing that part of that is in your control. Below, we’ll share some tips that can help keep your move as stress-free as possible.

1. Give yourself enough time to take care of everything.

If you don’t hire a company to help you pack, it’s going to take you more than a day. This is approximately how long it will take you to pack up a home of the following sizes without help:

  • Studio or one-bedroom apartment: two days

  • Two-bedroom home: four days

  • Three-bedroom home: six days

If possible, take time off of work so that you aren’t cramming in your packing time. You’ll feel much less rushed and more relaxed.

2. Keep your documents and belongings organized.

A little bit of organization goes a long way in helping you feel in control of your move. Keep important documents related to your move one folder or binder. As you pack items into boxes, label each box with the room where all of the items should be placed in your new home. Also, don’t forget to keep a checklist of your tasks so that you don’t lose track of what you need to complete.

3. Get enough sleep.

Research shows that your quality of sleep is strongly connected to your emotional and physical wellbeing. Lack of sleep can make you feel more easily stressed and irritable, and it can also compromise your immune system--and being sick during a move is the last thing you want!

Before bedtime, try to unwind. You might like to drink some chamomile tea, enjoy a little lavender aromatherapy, or listen to relaxing music. Also, take a break from the news or other outlets that might stir up thoughts that will keep you awake.

4. Accept ahead of time that parts of moving may be stressful.

When you acknowledge and accept that there are likely to be a few bumps in the road, it can help to make those bumps feel more manageable. It’s important to remember that you’ve overcome obstacles before, and prior setbacks you’ve experienced have been temporary. You can do this!

5. Hire reputable, reliable movers to help you.

One way to relieve stress is by delegating your tasks to those best suited to perform them. You can hire professional movers to help you both pack and transport your belongings. Their services can be invaluable when it comes to moving particularly large or fragile items.

At True Friends Moving Company, we genuinely care about our clients and make sure the moving process is easy and stress-free: (615) 240-2811.