How to avoid stress when moving house

Moving house soon? You’re probably feeling the pressure. You have got to pack everything you own into a van and move it into a new place. All the while trying to stop anything from breaking. It can be a stressful time, but with these stress-relieving tips, you can stay calm throughout the process.

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Accept that stress is a routine part of the moving process

Firstly, you need to accept that you can’t avoid stress entirely. Moving everything you own into a new place is stressful. Packing everything, finding a moving company, coordinating the logistics – it’s a lot to think about. So, when you feel stressed, don’t descend into panic mode. Instead, take a deep breath and read through this guide.

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Give yourself enough time

You’re not going to get everything done in one day. You’re probably not going to get it done in a weekend. Realistically, you should take at least a week off work for the moving process. This will give you time to pack everything carefully, move into the new place, and do any decorating that needs doing. 

Start small

Before you start the moving process, you can get a head-start by packing up things you don’t use every day. For example, pack up books, sports equipment, camping gear, decorative items, and anything else you don’t need access to. This will save you a headache on moving day. 

Stay organized

People often feel the most stressed when they have too much to think about. So, instead of trying to memorize every last thing you need to do, make a list and stay organized. This will help you avoid forgetting something along the way. Plus, it will help you destress when it all gets too much.

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Hire professional movers

Tempted to hire a van and do it all yourself? Sure, you might be able to save some money but it’s going to add a lot of stress to the day. You will have to load everything up yourself, then drive it over to the new place, and finally unload it all. Add this to all of the moving house admin and you’re going to feel completely stressed out. It’s a much better idea to hire professional movers and get them to do it for you. 

Give yourself time to be distracted 

In the weeks leading up to moving, you are going to be thinking of nothing else. But sometimes it’s important to distract yourself. You could watch a new series, play at an online casino, or read a good book. Whatever it takes to get your mind off the big move for a while. 

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Ask for help

Your friends and family are probably willing to help out. All you have to do is ask. Getting some help from your close circle will make the moving process much easier. Then, you can return the favor when they next move. 

Get some sleep

Sleep is the best antidote for stress. Sometimes all you need is a solid eight hours of sleep and you will feel much better about the situation. Don’t stay up all night packing things into boxes if you need some extra sleep. 


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