Overwhelming, exhausting, and stressful are the type of words most people use to describe the moving process. If you’re in the middle of a move, you might feel the same way. The list of things you need to do might seem endless.
The stress of the moving process can impact both your emotional and physical health. But you don’t have time to be sick when you’re trying to get everything done.
Moving is a busy time, and you can’t make your move completely stress free. Nevertheless, a few simple tricks can ease the stress and make the process more enjoyable.
1. Start Early
Most people don’t look forward to all the packing and coordinating that comes with moving. As a result, they put off moving tasks until the last minute. Then they have to scramble to get everything done.
Moving experts recommend that you start preparing about eight weeks before your move. At this time, you can start sorting through your belongings and decide what to keep and what to give away. You can also start gathering moving supplies.
You can start packing many items about four weeks before your move. Just don’t pack the items you need every day.
Making yourself a checklist for each week leading up to your move can help you stay on task. By the time moving week rolls around, you’ll be prepared to finalize the moving process.
2. Take Breaks
Perhaps you’re the type of person who likes to get things done. You might work non-stop on packing and moving, causing yourself a lot of stress.
If this is the case, you should know it’s important to take a break every couple of hours. Taking breaks can help you work faster because you’ll come back refreshed and ready to work. Quick break ideas include:
- Walking around the block
- Doing yoga or stretches
- Calling a friend
- Reading the newspaper
- Taking a nap
Some things on your to-do list can seem like a break because they’re different from moving. Running to the store between packing can give you a change of scene.
3. Throw a Moving Party
The more the merrier, especially when it comes to moving. Having just two friends help you pack can triple the speed at which you get things done.
To that end, why not throw a moving party? Let your friends know you will supply the food, drinks, and music if they will give up two hours of their day to help you move. Before your friends arrive, make a list of tasks your friends can help you accomplish. You don’t want to scramble last minute to figure out what they can do.
Since your friends want to say goodbye to you anyway, a moving party can be a good way for them to do that.
4. Find Things to Get Excited About
Likely, some of your moving-day stress stems from the fact that you’re moving to a new and unfamiliar place. You might dread telling your family and friends goodbye and stepping into the unknown.
You can feel less stressed about your move if you think about the good aspects. Focus on the new opportunities that await you there rather than what you’re leaving behind. Do some research about your neighborhood, and make a list of fun things you want to do there.
5. Maintain Your Health Practices
As you rush to get all your tasks completed, you might throw some of your regular health routines aside. But living on little sleep and lots of coffee is not a healthy moving practice.
Make sure you still get at least seven hours of sleep, that you eat regular meals, and that you continue with your regular exercise routine. Even though you’re purging your refrigerator, don’t eat nutrition-less fast food every meal. Make sure you’re still eating plenty of vegetables every day and drinking water rather than soft drinks.
6. Take Advantage of All Your Moving Company’s Services
You might think to hire a moving company only to move large items like furniture. But moving companies can be helpful for many other aspects of your move. Consider all the things a professional mover can do for you:
- Pack and protect your belongings, including fragile items
- Move certain belongings into a storage unit
- Haul or ship your items to their new destination
A moving company can also provide a moving counselor to guide you through the process. A moving counselor can help you know when and how to complete necessary moving tasks.
Don’t let your move leave a negative impact on your health. Use these tricks to simplify your move and reduce stress.
If you’re moving to, from, or within Hawaii, call Island Movers Inc. We offer all the moving services you need to make your move stress free. Contact us today for a free quote.