*This post has been sponsored by MONQ, however, all opinions expressed are entirely my own. Moving can be overwhelming and stressful. Check out these 7 practical tips to cope with stress during a move. Get proactive and make your move a smooth and stress-free experience.
Moving can be super stressful and anxiety-inducing. In fact, I have heard that moving homes is the third most traumatic life event after a death in the family and divorce. Crazy huh? I just moved from a 500-square-foot apartment to a much larger 3-bedroom house this past week which has been super exciting but stressful. I am now living with my boyfriend and we are now combining all our belongings in one home.
Planning, executing, and getting settled during this move has been a lot of work, but I will be so happy when it’s over. Since moving homes is traumatic, I wanted to share 7 tips on how to cope with stress and anxiety during a move. I hope you find these tips helpful.
1. Stick to a meditation routine
Meditation is such a powerful tool to help minimize stress and anxiety. If you are not meditating for at least 5 -20 minutes a day, I suggest you start. Meditation is intimidating to some people because we are conditioned to stay busy. You will understand the power of meditation when you stop thinking about all the things you need to do that day and just get focused on checking in with yourself.
This could mean sitting in a quiet place and setting a timer for 5 minutes to just express gratitude for all the things you have in your life. You can also download a meditation app to help guide your thoughts based on whatever you are experiencing. There are guided meditations for EVERYTHING. It is kind of amazing and a great way to get started.
2. Make sure to exercise every day for at least 20 minutes
Stress management is significantly helped by getting your body moving and blood circulating. Get your sweat on. Don’t make it complicated. Your mind and body respond more efficiently to daily stressors when you are exercising daily. I am a big fan of 4-minute Tabata circuits at home. Going for a run or walking around your neighborhood is also a great way to get your body moving.
3. Don’t miss meals
Sometimes when getting caught up in packing and planning a move, missing meals is easy to do. Especially, when you are anxious about it. When you starve your body from nutrients you can intensify your stress response. If you need to set reminders or timers on your phone to remind you to eat something… do it. I promise it will help you get through your move with less stress.
4. Give yourself as much time as you can to make the move happen.
Sometimes you don’t have a choice in how quickly you have to move. But if you have at least 30 days, don’t wait until the last minute to pack. Plan your weeks in advance. I love planning my week on Sunday evenings. It has actually become a part of my weekly ritual. Block out time for yourself to pack, forward your mail, & shut off your utilities.
I wrote a post recently about my tips for moving on a budget and I even created some free printables to help you plan your BIG MOVE!
5. Use Monq aromatherapy personal essential oil diffusers
If you aren’t into aromatherapy then you are missing out. According to MONQ’s blog, “The sense of smell is the only sense that is directly connected to the limbic system, which is part of the brain that controls emotions and memories. Because of this, scents can have a significant impact on how we feel and behave.”
Their personal aromatherapy diffusers are a great way to minimize your stress during a move. It’s nice to be able to carry these with you whenever you need to calm yourself.
This is the first move that I have experienced while using MONQ personal aromatherapy diffusers. It has made a huge difference in my days (in a very positive way.) My personal favorites are Relieve and Zen! But there are so many options for all occasions.
6. Stay Organized
I realize planning a move and staying organized as your belongings get packed up can be a challenge. By creating a moving binder, you can help stop stress before it starts. Nothing sparks more anxiety than not knowing how much a move will cost, how you will be relocating your items, and not knowing where your important paperwork is.
7. Hire a moving company
Trust me. This is a big one. Hiring professionals to help you move your belongings can be one of the BEST decisions you could make when moving. If it isn’t a company you have used before, make sure you do your research. Read reviews and look for coupon incentives for movers online.
Sometimes you can find really good deals. Whatever company you choose make sure you are in the know about their policies. Call them in advance to ask them questions if needed. Most moving companies are very thorough when you call for an estimate. I also recommend prepping your belongings for when the movers arrive. Stage items in a place that is easy to grab and go.
Now I want to hear from you! What did you think of these 7 tips on how to cope with stress during a move?
Let me know in the comments below. Make sure you check on MONQ to see all the choices in personal aromatherapy diffusers there are.
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