5 Ways to Cope with Moving Anxiety

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: August 6th, 2018

We all know that moving to a new home is almost never easy. Quite the opposite, such a transition comes with a lot of stress. Even if you are getting ready to move into your dream house or to an area that will allow you to live close to your family and friends, you may still experience moving anxiety. Some of the most common symptoms of this type of stress-triggered condition include:


  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Increased heart rate
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea
  • Trembling /shaking

If you think you are suffering from a moving anxiety, try not to overwork yourself when planning and carrying out your relocation. Avoid multitasking. That is easier said than done because organising a home move requires expert multitasking skills. But you can make things less stressful by taking a few days off work to focus on your relocation or you can hire trained helpers in London who will assist you during the different stages of your move. If that still does not help you fight your moving anxiety, try some the following coping strategies.

Work out

Keep your body busy so that your mind won’t wander too much. Start to exercise regularly and you will feel refreshed in a matter of days. It is scientifically-proven that working out can make us feel happier and more focused. Plus, you will need the extra strength to handle those big and heavy moving boxes, right? So, sometimes if you don’t want to sweat the small stuff, you must sweat big time at the gym.

Focus only on the positives

The most common cause behind moving anxiety is a brain that is too busy worrying about what-ifs. What if you don’t like your new neighbourhood? What if you can’t keep up with the mortgage payments? What if you end up regretting your decision to move? Let go of your worries of tomorrow and focus on the today. All people who move home face similar fears. So, you are not alone in your struggle. Still, you should not give in to your negative thoughts and you should focus only on the positives. If you are moving to a bigger house – smile. If you are about to move out of your parents’ place – celebrate your independence. If you are forced to relocate because of a divorce or a sour breakup – look forward to starting your new life.

Take breaks

Moving home is tiring – both physically and mentally. That is why you must find the time to relax and recharge your batteries. Even if you are in a rush to move, enjoy some me time or treat yourself to an evening at your favourite restaurant, for example. By doing this, you will take your mind off your worries and you will be able to see the bigger picture.

Stay healthy

Avoid drinking alcohol or eating high-calorie meals during your moving period. You will need all the extra energy you can get and these things won’t help you with that. Remember to stay hydrated and to eat your greens. As simple and cliched as that may be, these steps will give you an energy boost and fight your moving anxiety.

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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