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Limiting Your Stress Levels During Any Move

There are a number of elements to consider while preparing for a major move, and some of these may naturally create some stress or anxiety. At the same time, taking some steps to stop yourself from becoming completely overloaded with stress as you move through this process is important for completing it.

At Sullivan Moving & Storage, we’re happy to offer the very best residential and office moving services throughout San Diego and nearby areas, helping clients make their move as low-stress as possible in a variety of ways. What are some broad tips we often provide to clients on how to limit their stress or anxiety during this process? Here are several to keep in mind.

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Accept Certain Bits of Stress

First and foremost, it pays to simply be realistic about your move headed into the process. Especially if you know your move involves a number of unique challenges, the very best thing you can do is to accept these challenges and plan accordingly.

Broadly speaking, what does this mean? It simply means that if your particular move comes with a number of unique factors or unusual demands that are more challenging than most other moves, it pays to plan for these throughout the process rather than hoping they’ll simply go away as you move through planning. Treat them as challenges, and remain realistic about them throughout the process.

At the same time, accepting minor areas of stress doesn’t mean allowing your entire life to be consumed by moving-related anxiety. What follows are some additional steps for making the entire process easier on you.

Give Yourself Enough Time

Broadly speaking, perhaps the single largest stressor we see in the moving process is that people tend to rush into the process and overlook planning. Those who approach their move with a well-thought-out plan in place are much more likely to enjoy a smoother moving process than those willing to simply “wing it,” so don’t assume you can do this on the fly.

Make sure you’ve allowed yourself enough time for planning and preparation, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. It can’t hurt to get an idea of how long the entire moving process will take ahead of time, and this helps you plan successfully.

One major area here: If you think you might require the services of professional movers, don’t put this off. Scheduling your movers well in advance allows you a wide selection of choices and increases your odds of landing your preferred moving company, which opens doors for more planning. We can guarantee there’s no such thing as a one-day notice for our movers.

Be Realistic About Your Needs

Some people simply take on too much during their move. Whether it comes to packing up belongings or getting work done during the middle of the process, it pays to be realistic about what you can accomplish during your moving process.

Don’t take on too many obligations at once. If possible, don’t even try to pack up belongings while settling into a new place or wrapping up work commitments that are important to you. Be realistic about what you can get done before and after the process, and you’ll naturally reduce your stress level.

Again, this is an area where coordination with professional movers can offer major benefits. If you’re worried about your ability to pack a number of boxes in a short period of time, for example, you might find it helpful to have professional movers on hand. Sometimes the task is better left with those who specialize in this area.

Keep Things Organized

As you move through the various stages of the moving process, organization is key. Keeping your belongings well-packed and labeled can make a world of difference in terms of stress, not to mention the fact that it makes things easier for everyone involved.

Be sure you’re keeping an organized list of what needs packed up or moved out when, and try to stay on top of organizing your belongings at all times so they’re ready to go when needed. This includes things like making sure your shelving is securely packed up rather than piled messily into a moving truck, which can easily wind up damaged if it isn’t properly protected.

Ask for Help if Needed

Trying to do everything yourself is one common way to increase your stress, and you should accept help where needed. Not only does this potentially include professional movers, but also friends and family who might be willing to help out.

You might also consider packing and loading services that some moving companies offer, which is a minor cost but can free up your time and energy for other things – namely settling into your new place. Don’t hesitate to ask others for help where it’s needed, especially if this allows you more time to complete important work.

Don’t Forget About Yourself

One common source of stress in the moving process comes from worrying about whether or not you are doing enough to prepare. If you are anything at all like the average person, there’s a good chance that moving can be an incredibly stressful experience.

Don’t let this stress cause health problems during your move, and keep in mind that taking care of yourself throughout the process is just as important as any other preparation or planning ahead. Be sure you’re getting plenty of rest, eating properly, and doing things to take care of your well-being.

In many cases this means simply taking quiet time before, during, or after a major move in order to recuperate a bit. Allowing yourself a few days to relax after the move is complete can help you start fresh at the new place without being overwhelmed by what you have yet to do.

For more on how to limit your stress during any moving process, or to learn about any of our moving services in San Diego, speak to the pros at Sullivan Moving & Storage today.

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