Tips for Taking the Worry Out of Your Relocation

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father with daughterRelocation is one of life’s major changes, and usually one that most of us cannot avoid.

That particular change often comes a great deal of stress. Why?

Because for some, the future looks uncertain, and you’re faced with leaving behind the familiar people and places you’ve grown attached to in your current home.

Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to ease the transition and maintain acceptable levels of stress throughout the relocation process.

1. Plan Ahead

Even if your move isn’t scheduled for weeks or months yet, it’s not too early to start making plans.

Now is the time to interview moving companies so you can be sure that you’re hiring the best one.

This also gives you time to do a whole house purge in which you get rid of unwanted or unused items. Only having to pack the useful essentials saves a lot of time, money and hassle.

Another way to minimize new-area stress it to compare the differences in your soon-to-be “old” environment and your new one.

If you’re moving from Brooklyn, New York to Sacramento, California, for example–find out the differences in the weather, the style of houses, and any other relevant details.

2. Maintain Your Current Wellness Routines

Relocating can leave you frantically busy. Nonetheless, it’s important to maintain as much of your good-for-you routine as possible. That may mean finding a new doctor’s office, as well as continuing to work out regularly, eat well and get plenty of restorative sleep.

Be sure to enlist help where you feel you need it. Find a life coach in Sacramento at, if you want help managing the emotional and logistic aspects of adjusting to a new environment.

As moving day draws closer, you’ll have to let go of some of these things, but the longer you stick to your schedule, the less stress you’re likely to feel.

3. Find Things to Anticipate

Your new home city is going to be filled with fascinating attractions and fun things to do. The Internet is your best resource for discovering everything your new home offers. Let’s stay with that Sacramento example–if you’re relocating to that area, you might get familiar with the Crocker Art Museum and the California State Railroad Museum.

Read up on the city’s eateries, like Sandra Dee’s for barbecue and Chops Steakhouse with its premium cuts of meat.

4. Locate Your Everyday Places

Most people have daily or weekly routines that are both comforting and familiar. Part of your healthy routine might be going to the gym on certain days, attending workout class with friends or taking your furry friend to a nearby dog park.

All of these activities increase your sense of well being and decrease your stress. Before you leave your current hometown, spend some time online browsing for the new places that will be a part of your routine in your new hometown.

Find out where the best parks, gyms, supermarkets and malls are so you can hit the ground running when you arrive.

5. Keep Communication Going

Institute weekly family meetings to check in with everyone. Find out how they feel about the move, what they’ve learned about the new city and what their next steps are for preparing to move. Attentive listening and sharing are great ways to minimize the anxiety of a move.

Relocating to a new city can feel like a huge project, but it doesn’t have to overwhelm you emotionally. By following a few tips, it’s possible to make your move a healthy and positive experience, with minimal stress and plenty of new possibilities to embrace!

Akilah Richards is a Certified Family Life Educator who shares articles about the importance of personal development as a medium for personal and professional fulfillment, and the stressors of life experieces such as moving to a new home. She believes that a holistic approach to wellness is a proven remedy for unnecessary stress. Find a life coach in Sacramento at, or search their site for resources in any city, and for any lifestyle or career coaching need you may have.

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