Moving Tip: Separate Yourself from Your Old Home

Based on my experience, the first moving tip I can offer may seem really silly at first but it is so very important for a successful transition.  You and your family have to mentally separate yourself from your old home.  I start once we know we are moving.  I begin to refer to our old home as ‘their’ home or ‘the house’.  It just makes it easier to go through the process a sale or move.  This is so vital given the difficult economic times.  Many of you are moving not because you want to but instead you can no longer afford your home or you and your family have to leave to find employment opportunities elsewhere.  This adds more stress to an already stressful time in your life and my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

You will always have some fondness for your old home but it is important to accept you are moving on to the next chapter in your life.  Good, bad or indifferent, you need to look to the future.  This is especially important if you are moving with children.  They can easily feel your hesitation and misgivings.  So, you may have to put on a happy face and pull up your big girl pants and make it happen.  After they go to bed, have your pitty party and a glass of wine!

Here are some further resources:

Moving with Less Stress (Psychology of Place)

Overcoming Relocation Stress (PTSD Support Services)

The Wise Open Mind, Mindfully Managing Stress (Psychology Today)