We have many articles on moving – checklists, tips, advice, help, lists, etc. but none of them focuses on the psychological impact of moving. Relocating contains not only a sometimes rather heavy process but also stress from the changes – new place, new people, new job/ school, etc. Some moves are expected impatiently and some may bring angst and disappointment. One way or another, you need to find a way to deal with this change and also a way to help your kids do it. What are the psychological effects of moving house and how can you handle them?
The psychological effect of relocation – what can you do?
- Accept it. First of all, you need to realize that a possible psychological impact of moving house is going to be feeling a wide range of emotions. You may become more sensitive or stressed out at times or feel untypical for you emotions. The moving process along with the new things waiting for you at your new home will influence you.
- Prepare before the relocation. In order to decrease the negative psychological impact of moving house get ready for the move before it has taken place. Fill in a quote to find a reputable company, compare costs of services and choose the best removalist.
- Go for a full moving. Anyway a relocation is stressful so here’s another great way to handle the negative psychological effects of moving to another country or just down the street – have someone else do the job. There are many professional moving companies that will come, pack, drive, unload, unpack and put back everything where it should be. So why bother doing it yourself?
- Keep your lifestyle. A move is a change itself so in order to minimize the psychological effect of relocation for you and for your family, try to keep your lifestyle as it is for a while. Other changes may bring about more stress so stick to your environment for a while, for the moment. And keep the same regime for your kids and pets.
- Spend time together. If you have a partner or a family with kids spend time with them. This will decrease the negative psychological effects of moving house for all of you because you will be able to support each other, make common plans for the new place and overall – share your excitement of this experience! If you don’t have a partner or your own family, spend time with your friends and parents, brothers/ sisters.
- Say goodbye. Organize a farewell party and invite over your friends, colleagues, etc. The negative psychological effect of relocation will be diminished if you enjoy your time more and worry less. Have fun with your friends and don’t think about your new home, employment, way of life, etc. in that time.
- Enjoy yourself wherever you are. Go to places that you (and your family) like, order the food you like the most, etc. Do what makes you happy. This will distract you of any concerns you might have related to the relocation. Instead of spending time sitting and thinking what could go wrong, read a nice book, watch a comedy or go out for a drink. This may also influence positively the psychological effects of moving house.
- Look forward to it. Anticipate what is coming up. Make a vision of the places you want to see in that new city, restaurants you want to visit, tourist attractions you can enjoy, etc. This will shift your thinking from being focused on leaving family and/ or friends behind to something nice to expect.
- Get to know the new place. If you can, visit the area you will be moving to before the actual relocation. Finding out what to expect will help you decrease the possible negative psychological effects of moving house and feel better about what’s coming. It will be even better if you take your family – partner and kids, to see that new city you will be relocating to.
- Let’s not forget the kids. The psychological effects of relocation on children can be much stronger than with adults. Sometimes kids don’t understand what is happening so they will be relying on you to support them. When you have a moving company hired for a full moving you will have more time for your children. You will be able to help them adjust and decrease the negative psychological effects of relocation on children.
Psychological impact of the moving – got more tips?
Let us know if you have more tips on handling the negative psychological effects of relocation on children and/ or adults. If you want to add something more that is important you can share your comment below. Good luck with your relocation and remember – keeping positive expectations up will easily keep negative feelings away from you. Enjoy your time, the things you do and you will feel much less stressed out during your relocation and afterwards. They key to finding time to do what you like is to begin to like what you do first.
Posted on Jun 5, 2013