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How to Manage Moving Anxiety

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It is estimated that around 14% of Canadian move ever year. The most common reasons to move are due to family size increase (42%), job relocation (37%), family size decrease (20%), retirement (18%), coming into money (14%) or the current home needed renovations (14%). Though moving is clearly a common experience, it is by no means stress or anxiety free. In fact, moving can be an incredibly stressful experience, especially if it is tied into other things currently going on in your life. Regardless of your source of anxiety, let us review a few ways to approach moving that can decrease your anxiety.

List & Decide

A source of anxiety comes from the enormity of things to do. The anxiety that comes from choice can be a killer for some and should be identified and handled with care. Consider listing out the options that you have, quickly making a reason for and against them, and then either deciding or flipping a coin. There will never be the “perfect” choice, only choices with pros and cons associated with them. Get decisions out of the way and accept them.

Stay Task-Oriented

Tasks are a great way to center our attention and give us something to focus on. If you are struggling with moving anxiety, then give yourself small, manageable tasks that do not take more than an hour at a time. Whether it is cleaning an old room, moving out furniture, packing things away, or what have you, schedule the time and stay task oriented. Some people find that it helps to record what they have done. Understand that falling behind on a list is perfectly normal and a common part of planning.

Take Time Away To Recover

Packing is stressful. More often than not, we are scheduling packing on top of other things we have to do. Don’t let this happen to you. Schedule time away from anything related to packing. Let yourself enjoy the time and put in something that will make you look forward to getting to a certain point. Be sure to give yourself flexible goals and make sure that your rewards are just as flexible. What motivates you today may not be what motivates you tomorrow, and keeping the nature of the reward open can be helpful.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

A major source of anxiety is a lack of time. Rushing to get things done will often lead people to feel increased levels of stress. Start the packing process with a few months warning and put 15 or 30 minutes aside every couple of days to begin the process and let yourself think about what you will need.

Work with an Ottawa Moving Company

Hiring Ottawa movers to handle everything will ease a lot of stress. You won’t have to worry about which box goes where or fear causing a dent in the wall when you try to carry furniture up and down stairs. Everything will be handled so you can sit back, relax, and get acquainted with your new home.

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