How Relocating Changes Who We Are for the Better

Relocation is often framed in terms of stress: stress about what we’re leaving behind, stress about what we’re facing, stress about which movers to hire and what to pack or throw away. However, we don’t want people to forget the incredible advantages that only come through moving somewhere new—advantages that aren’t available if you stay in the same place.

Are you looking for more than a change of location? Are you hoping for a change of lifestyle, or a change in your fundamental character?

Today, we’ll show you how relocation can help you change your bad habits (and develop new good ones).

Our Worst Impulses Are Based on Expectation

Have you ever run into an old friend from high school or college? Did you find yourself “falling into character”—doing and saying things you haven’t since you saw them last?

People are social animals, and much of the “role” we play in others’ lives is based on the role they expect us to play. It’s why we can be the most patient, loving person at work…but can still have immature outbursts when we fight with grown siblings or parents.  

Acting teacher Keith Johnstone once wrote, “Many actors have been unable to really ‘find’ a character until they put on make-up, or until they try the wig, or the costume.” He’s talking about the phenomenon of identity cues—sights, sounds, or people that make it hard to change who we are because everything around us tells us we’re still the same.

Relocating pulls us out of our old “character” and our old “role.” We have a chance to be someone new, to play a different part in other people’s lives. Were you always treated like the office gossip at your old job (even when you stopped gossiping)? A new job in a new city lets you take on a new role—a better role that helps move your life forward.

Something as small as a wig can help us change what we think of ourselves. Imagine what a new city does.

Relocating Makes It Easier to Drop Bad Habits

Most bad habits aren’t conscious. Most people don’t consciously make poor choices repeatedly—instead, our minds get stuck in a “groove” that means we do the same old things every week. After a while, our mind makes an association between environmental triggers and a bad decision.

Take eating, for example. You might not even notice that you always crave ice cream after the end of a stressful work project. To you, the craving comes out of nowhere…but to your brain, there was a specific trigger that cued up your ice cream binge.  That’s why fighting habits is nearly impossible: to end the habit, you also have to end the trigger.

Moving is one the best ways to hit the Reset button on our bad habits. Because we’re relocating to a brand-new environment, we end up getting rid of virtually all of our bad-habit triggers. If you have New Year’s Resolutions, don’t wait til January 1—wait until you’re in a new city!

If you’re considering a long-distance move, call Affordable Quality Moving & Storage. Our fully-licensed and insured movers help make life’s biggest changes easy and worry-free. Contact us today!