Moving your family under normal circumstances can be extremely stressful. There are endless decisions, packing all your belongings, coordinating with movers and realtors, forwarding addresses, and lease agreements.
Doing all of that during a national health crisis like the Coronavirus outbreak adds even more fear and uncertainty to your move. There are some things you can do to help ease the burden you are feeling and help your move during these stressful times go as smoothly as possible.
Hire a Moving Company
It may seem like you should not hire a local moving and storage company to help you move when social distancing is on the rise, but this is not true. Hiring a moving company can actually help you come into contact with fewer people.
If you pack and move your belongings on your own, you have to buy boxes, packing material, and rent a truck at the very least. These are unnecessary errands that put you into contact with a larger number of people.
If you hire a moving company, then your contact with other individuals is actually lessened. They will be in charge of loading and unloading the truck, so you will not have to ask friends and family members to come to help you or end up doing it all on your own.
Organizing your move by making lists and goals may seem like it takes up more of your time, but you will actually save time if you have a plan before you start. Seeing everything you need to do out on paper will help you visualize your plan of action and will help you to see that there are not endless things to do, there is an end in sight!
Making a list can also help clear your head. If you write down what you need to do and when you need to do it, then you don’t have to try to remember it all. That can be stressful, and writing it down will get it out of your head.
Staying organized will also alleviate the stress that you forget to do something important. You are less likely to forget something, and if you make a plan before you start, then you will have time to add other things you remember without feeling overloaded.
During a time of national health crisis, it is important to make sure your mental health is being tended to often. If you are adding a major life experience like moving on top of that, then self-care becomes even more important.
You may think that you do not have time, but taking a small amount of time to take care of yourself will mean more energy and focus to put into moving. It doesn’t have to take a long time or take you outside of your house. What is important is that you make time for yourself.
Simple activities like going on a walk outside or being physically active in some other way, meditation, or even reading a book for a few minutes can help alleviate stress. You should also pay attention to getting enough sleep, eating well, and drinking plenty of water.
Moving, in general, can make you feel sad to be leaving friends and family behind, and during social distancing, you may feel like you were robbed of the opportunity to spend the last few weeks with them before your move. Just because you are not in the same room does not mean you cannot be in contact.
Acknowledge the pain of leaving friends behind and not getting to spend time with them, but make other plans to talk to them regularly. Video calls, video messages, phone calls, and texts are all ways that you can stay connected while still being safe.
There are some things you will need as soon as you move into your new place. You don’t want to have to unpack all your boxes to find the essentials first. It makes sense to pack a move-in bag or box that holds the things you will need first.
This bag should include cleaning supplies to clean your new place before you start unpacking everything. You should also include clothes and shoes you need, chargers for all your devices, and other essential work-from-home items that you will need quickly.
What is most important to you will depend on your life situation and how much you have to unpack, but having those most important things easy to access will make all the difference to your stress levels when you are still getting settled.