Moving to a new place is hard. We’ve talked a little before about WHY we move so much, but we have never really talked about HOW we do it. Moving is mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting, but once the move is over there is still the adjustment period. I like to think after all the times we have moved in our (almost) five short years of marriage we have figured out a way to move and get adjusted to our new place relatively easily. Whether you’re moving to a new town, a new city, a new state, or even a new country, there will always be that initial adjustment period that can be hard to get through. It’s easy to miss what you had before and if you start to regret your move that can easily get out of control and make you really unhappy. I hope these five tips will help you with your move and make the transition easier!
1. Get familiar with your new area.
The sooner you know your way around your new area the sooner you will feel more comfortable with where you’re at. Find your new grocery store and favorite restaurant. Know where your closest bank is and the best route to work. Once you are familiar with your area it will start to feel like it’s “yours”. This will help you adjust faster than you think it will!
“The fabulous places I’ve been, wonderful things that’ve happened, great people I’ve met ought to make a story.” – Ella Fitzgerald
2. Make friends.
Making friends can be difficult, but the sooner you make friends in your new area the sooner you will be happy with where you are! Ask your coworkers to go out to dinner one week. Bring your dogs to the dog park and meet some new friends there. Join a gym and attend some group classes. Find a church and get involved. Volunteer at a local charity you are passionate about.
3. Get out of the house.
It’s easy to just come home from work everyday and not do anything and then stay in on the weekends too. That’s not always a bad thing (hey we love Netflix too), but when you just move to a new place it’s important to explore what your new area has to offer! Ask your coworkers or your new friends their favorite places to go. Spend your weekends exploring and finding new things to love about your new area.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama
4. Give yourself time.
I recommend giving yourself a solid six months to adjust to your new place. That may feel like a long time, but you can’t rush adjusting to all of the new things in your life. If you’ve moved a few times before then your adjustment time may be a lot shorter, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier! Be gentle with yourself and take it slow! Don’t force yourself to adjust faster or you may end up making it worse. It’s totally normal to miss your old place and even to question whether this move was the right thing for you, but if you don’t give yourself enough time to adjust then you may make that call too soon!
5. Keep something familiar.
We are all definitely creatures of habit, so it’s always a good idea to keep something in your routine familiar when so many other things are changing. Maybe it’s just listening to the same radio station on your work commute or watching your favorite show when you get home. Or it could be starting the day with a cup of coffee and calling your mom on your lunch break! Having one or two things from your previous routine helps you immediately feel a sense of normalcy when everything else is new.
“My goal now is to remember every place I’ve been, only do things I love, and not say yes when I don’t mean it.” – Sandra Bullock
Change is always hard, but there are things you can do to make it easier! I hope these tips help you adjust to your new place and most importantly love where you live! Remember that nothing is forever and if even after all of this you still aren’t happy, you can always move back or move somewhere new! Do what is best for you and don’t ever feel pressured to stay somewhere you aren’t happy with.
Do you have any tips for moving to a new place? Or have you recently moved to a new place and have some questions? Please feel free to reach out to us!