Whether you’re just moving down the street or relocating across the country, it’s possible to thrive and feel less stress; to relax and enjoy the journey of moving. Sure, it’s exhausting and disorienting for a while, but it doesn’t have to be awful. Here’s a list of 3 crucial things that you really must do in order to thrive while moving.
1 – Make yourself a priority
The very 1st and most important “must do” (and this isn’t the first time I’ve stressed this) is to take time out and make yourself a priority. I know. You’ve got too much to do. I hear you, but listen. Moving is the perfect time to indulge in selfcare. This may be the only way you’re going to get through it all with your sanity still intact. Indulge may be an exaggeration for what you can actually do right now. However, even a tiny, simple form of selfcare is going to go a long way.
Let’s start with a simple meditation, 5 to 10 minutes per day. Begin by carving out a small, quiet space indoors or out, to sit or lie down. Your house, or hotel room, may be in complete disarray so close your eyes and block it out. Focus on your breathing. Take a deep breath, count to 4 while breathing in. Hold your breath for 4 seconds, and then slowly exhale. Continue to do this for a few minutes or until your thoughts slow down and your head begins to clear.
There are also apps, including my favorite, Insight Timer, that teach meditation. I learned the hard way that it doesn’t have to be complicated. Insight has a variety of mediations of different lengths, including 2 minutes. And there are days when that’s all I have. Taking this time out will help you stay focused and productive, AND not lose your cool when things don’t go according to plan.
Head outside for a walk or run, even if you’ve only got 5 to 10 minutes. Take a bath, sitting in quiet stillness with your own thoughts for a while and just breath, slowly. Journal. Do what you can to clear your head in order to re-energize and re-focus.
2 – Establish or change up your morning routine
Another essential must do is to establish, or make improvements to, your morning routine. Moving will push you outside of your current routine and comfort zone. My routine shifts depending on the time of year and my priorities. Some of the things I do first thing each morning, after I’ve fed the dogs and gotten the kid out the door, include meditation and exercise, catching up on the news over coffee, journaling and identifying my top 2 to 3 things that must get done today. My early afternoon routine, when I’m working from home, includes laundry and going through the mail.
Your morning routine is going to be out of whack during the process of moving so use this time to consider how best to start your day. Wherever I am, I almost always consistently start with 4 to 10 minutes of meditation, coffee and exercise.
Maintaining a consistent routine helps you feel grounded and at home, even when you’re traveling and in the middle of moving.
A morning routine has the added benefit of helping you get organized and stay focused throughout your day. Moving is an opportunity for a do over, a fresh start. What was and wasn’t working for you previously? Are there any changes you can make so that your mornings, evenings or somewhere in between go more smoothly? Is there anything you’d like to add or remove? Find what brings you energy and joy.
3 – Learn something new
One last must do after your move is to learn something new and have fun in the process. Take a class or join a group outing or tour. This is an opportunity to meet and connect to people who either share your interests, or dislike it as much as you do. If you take on something that doesn’t work or you’re a complete flop, own it with a sense of humor and grow through the experience.
Learning something new is not only crucial to your growth, it opens you up to new experiences and helps you adapt better to change.
If you don’t have time for a class or group outing right now, do a google search before you head out to run errands. Look for places of interest and learn something about them. Explore walking trails and learn how to teach your dog, if you have one, a new trick in the process. Discover a local park, a coffee and/or ice cream shop and fun facts about each. Find a new, and perhaps challenging, recipe and then head out with a treat to share and meet your neighbors.
There is no limit on what counts as learning something new here. If necessary, view your move as a vacation. Get excited, dive in and see what’s around. Go to the app, Yelp, or yelp.com to find new restaurants, shops and whatever else is in your new place. And don’t be afraid to go first.
It took some work and moxie to discover these must dos. I get that you may not be ready to jump on board immediately. Your journey, experiences and pace are your own. Discover what works best for you, how fast or slowly you want to lean in. Then, embrace and enjoy your unscripted ride.