There’s no denying the overwhelming feelings that come with having to move, especially when you’re buying a home. About 32% of people looking to buy new homes are first time home buyers, and it can seem nearly impossible to balance the responsibilities that come with relocating with your everyday routine, especially when it comes to staying healthy. But it’s easier than you think to find simple ways to prioritize your health throughout the duration of your move. Here are just a few top ways to stay healthy in the midst of your stressful move.
Staying organized is one of the best ways to keep your stress levels down as the chaos begins. You can get started by making a to-do list and scheduling the ways you’ll prepare. For example, consider dedicating a few days to pack up each room. The bottom line is, breaking up your moving process into smaller and more manageable parts helps perpetually to keep stress levels down and gives you a sense of control over the situation. Of course, experts also suggest a strategic packing process that can help make the unpacking process an absolute breeze:
“As you begin the packing process, make sure to box up non-essentials first. Non-essentials items should include anything in your house that you won’t be needing right before the move such as furniture, paintings, TVs, mirrors and books. A few days before the move, you’ll also need to pack a separate suitcase or box with everything you plan to use on moving day and the immediate days after. This should include items such as toiletries, shampoo, pajamas, clothing, phone chargers, and shoes. Follow this strategy and your move is sure to be a much less stressful experience — one that doesn’t involve a 10 p.m. trip to the drugstore in search of a toothbrush!” writes Marian White on Moving.com.
Settle in Safely
As you unpack your belongings and start to get settled into your new abode, prioritize unpacking items that contribute positively to your physical or mental health. For example, you may want to start with unpacking the main kitchen items before moving on to your bedroom or other relaxation space. And don’t forget to keep your own comfort level in mind during the unpacking process: in an average home, heating and cooling make up 54% of annual utility bills, but if you’re still working on getting any of your utilities set up, it helps to invest in an alternative to provide the essentials. Furthermore, 93% of American homeowners have at least basic homeowners insurance, and finalizing your homeowners’ insurance policy can also provide much-needed peace of mind. Taking care of these logistical specifications can help your new house truly feel like a home, even if you’re not 100% unpacked.
Recruit Friends and Family For Help
If you have a lot of belongings, you’ll have an almost impossible time trying to transport them all to your new residence. Eliminate this immense physical and mental stress by asking friends and family for help, or hiring professionals if you can. A human lifting a 10 kilogram box puts approximately 180 kilograms of force on their spine, but with some help, the transportation and unpacking processes become exponentially easier.
Ultimately, it’s not easy to manage your physical and mental health during a stressful move, but these tips will put you on the right track. Make sure you take the time you need to plan properly, and you’ll be unpacked, settled in, and living comfortably in your new home before you know it.