62% of respondents to a survey conducted by E.on utility company reported that moving was one of the most stressful events in their life.
And it’s the little things like forgetting to forward the mail (25%) or overfilling boxes to the point they can’t carry them (20%) that seem to cause the most stress.
Here’s what you can do to reduce moving anxiety and improve the moving experience.
1. Give Your Calendar Breathing Room
If you normally keep a full-schedule, block some time off during the move to focus energy on moving.
When you don’t have a packed schedule competing for time, you’ll feel more relaxed during the move.
2. Take Time to De-Clutter & Purge
Packing up your life into boxes can cause a lot of moving anxiety. De-clutter your home now rather than hauling it into your new place and then trying to figure out where to put it until you can go through it.
According to Psychology Today, excess clutter causes stress. Letting it go can be just what you need to de-stress.
3. Plan the Move, But Be Flexible
Schedule utilities for the day before you arrive so that they’re on when you start moving in, especially if you live in a place where you need an air conditioner.
Fill out a USPS mail-forwarding slip and don’t order anything online for a couple of weeks to avoid misdirected packages.
A little planning can reduce moving anxiety and keep your mind more agile to manage the unexpected.
4. Take Some “Me Time”… in Moderation
A study reported in Science Direct found that being stressed reduces our capacity to plan. So even if the move was unexpected, give yourself some time to do de-stressing activities like:
But be careful. The same study found that stress may cause a lack of self-control that leads many people in stressful situations to zone out. Find the balance to eliminate moving anxiety.
5. Make the Selling Process a Stress-Free as Possible
If you’re moving, you may also be selling your home. And that can add to the moving stress:
- Updating & Repairs
- Finding a buyer
- Scheduling inspections
- Reviewing contracts and negotiating
- Extra mortgage payments
- Deals falling through
If you’re looking for the most stress-free way to sell your home, we invite you to sell to HomeGo. Our agents can schedule an in-home or virtual walk-through for homes in as-is condition, so you don’t have to worry about repairs and showings.
They often make a cash offer the same day and can close in as little as 7 days. No worrying, waiting, repairs, or endless showings needed.