Relocation stress is real, even if you are headed to your dream job. After all, your whole life is being turned upside down.

The upheaval of relocating can disrupt your life significantly. Experts point out that relocation stress can range from mild to severe, manifesting as physical symptoms like backaches, headaches, or stomach issues, as well as emotional responses such as irritability, moodiness, or even depression. Symptoms could extend to nightmares, frequent crying, or panic attacks.

Here are two primary strategies to mitigate stress during your move:

  • Take charge of your relocation process.
  • Prioritize your personal well-being.

Today, TRC Global Mobility shares 15 practical tips—seven aimed at helping you manage the relocation efficiently and eight focused on maintaining your well-being—to ease the stress of your move.

Managing the Relocation Process:

  1. Organizational Tools: Keep a notebook with a pocket for receipts handy. Despite the utility of smartphones, a physical list can be a great ally. Write down everything from appointments to contacts and addresses. Designate a page for each category and use the last page for a reverse to-do list, crossing off completed tasks for a sense of achievement.
  2. Color Code Your Move: If you’re packing independently, use colored duct tape for each room—like pink for your daughter’s bedroom—to easily identify boxes at your new home. Record a color legend in your notebook.
  3. Declutter: Use the move as a chance to lighten your load. Donate unused items or host a yard sale. Involve your children by letting them sell old toys and keep the proceeds.
  4. Prepare Early: Handle essential tasks like finding new healthcare providers before the move to avoid last-minute emergencies.
  5. Prioritize Tasks: Focus on the most crucial tasks first and avoid multitasking during the move.
  6. Farewells: Make time to say goodbye to people and places that are special to you and your family.
  7. For Children: Organize play dates and visits to favorite spots, and consider friendship books where friends can leave messages and pictures.

Taking care of yourself:

  1. Breathe Deeply: Regular deep breathing can significantly reduce stress levels.
  2. Stay Active: Dedicate at least 20 minutes three times a week to physical activities like walking, running, or gardening.
  3. Address Emotions: Speak with a professional if the transition causes significant distress.
  4. Express Yourself: Allow yourself to cry or vent when needed. Engage with media that matches your mood if it helps you process your emotions.
  5. Take Breaks: Regularly step away from all screens and take quiet time for yourself.
  6. Maintain Routines: Stick to your usual sleeping and eating routines. Cook simple, healthy meals even in the midst of moving chaos.
  7. Think Positive: Convert negative thoughts about the move into positive ones, or make it a playful challenge.
  8. Laugh: Maintain a sense of humor to lighten the mood.

Remember, this relocation could be a wonderful opportunity to introduce beneficial new habits that will enhance your lifestyle in your new environment. And once you’re settled, allow yourself time to adjust to the changes. Remember to keep breathing—it really does help!

Learn more about the employee relocation process at TRC Global Mobility.

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