How to Deal with the Stress of Moving

According to researchers, moving is considered one of the most stressful life events. Regardless of how much you might love your soon-to-be home, you are likely to experience anxiety and stress because of the countless tasks on your moving list.

Moving is stressful because it requires a lot of money and a lot of time—two of our most important resources. One way to save both time and money is by hiring a professional moving service. Professional movers provide customers with all the help they need for a move: packing, loading, unloading, unpacking, storage, transportation, and more.

Below, we offer a few tips on managing stress in healthy ways before, during, and after moving day!

#1: Start Small & Start Early

Moving always involves way more labor and time than we expect at first. That’s why the best way to manage your stress is to start small and start early.

Begin with filling up a box with framed pictures or by packing up decorations. Do one box at a time, starting two or three weeks before you think you need to. By the time you get to packing in earnest, you’ll already have momentum, which will reduce stress.

#2: Prioritize Your Physical Health

Stress is a biological response, so the best antidote is to take care of your body.

Make sure you are doing the following during the moving process:

  • Getting enough sleep. The best way to take care of your body is to get a full eight hours of sleep. Deep and abundant sleep lowers your cortisol level, which is the stress hormone.
  • Eating well.¬†Eating healthy foods will also allow you to tackle moving tasks with less stress. We recommend eating nourishing food that will support your digestion and increase your energy. You can also reward your healthy eating habits by treating yourself to occasional comfort food.
  • Exercising.¬†Finally, exercise will allow for the release of endorphins, which give us feelings of well-being and happiness. It can even help improve your sleep, which lowers your stress levels even further. Don’t think that you need to run six miles a day to see the benefits. Even just a few minutes of jumping jacks, burpees, or jogging in place can give you the benefits you’re looking for.

#3: Make Checklists

Some of our stress ultimately comes from holding too much stuff in our heads, especially when it comes to things we have to do. Productivity expert David Allen says that the human brain is great for creating ideas but not holding them. Making checklists of the tasks on your plate—both big and small—is a great way to clear your head and reduce your stress levels.

#4: Integrate Familiar Habits with New Surroundings

Once you make the move to your new location, introducing familiar habits can help you feel comforted in stressful times. When we’re overwhelmed, it’s vital to relax regularly before letting anxiety and tension build up. Grab a familiar book, spend quality time with a loved one, or put on your favorite TV show. Cooking a favorite dish or preparing your favorite drink is also a great way to integrate your favorite memories with new ones.

#5: Ask for Help

Stress is compounded by isolation, but it’s mitigated by cooperation. In other words, having people help you with a move helps share the burden of stress you might be feeling. Call some friends over to help you pack or have them take the food in your fridge to clear it out. Maybe get a friend who is more organized than you to help you get started.

The most effective way to ask for help is to hire professional movers. At Affordable Quality Moving and Storage, our Southern California movers provide customers with a full-service moving experience, from a free at-home estimate to packing, unpacking, and secure storage. Our services are fully insured and customized to your needs. With us, you can manage your stress by getting rid of it entirely!

Call (661) 622-2636 to request your free in-home estimate!