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April 18, 2024

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health While Moving to Tulsa and Oklahoma City

Packing for a Move

By Julie DeLong, Oil Capitol Relocation 
Being a moving company in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, we understand that moving to a different home can cause a lot of different feelings to emerge including joy, stress, panic, as well as fear, just to name a few. And a move might also yield feelings of depression.

This occurrence is known as relocation depression and might happen to anyone.

Certainly, you would like for your new home to be a safe spot, not generate stress or unhappiness. Keeping that in mind, here are some good ideas that you can take care of your mental health while moving and get life in your new location off on the right foot.

1) Organize Your Move

Anxiety is often one of the prominent contributors to depression; and a disorganized move will cause you stress. Even if it could take a little added effort, be sure to do everything you can to keep your move organized and on-schedule.

This may include:

  • Packing and labeling your stuff well in front of the move date
  • Researching your new residence and neighborhood, and scoping out the location when practical
  • Keeping a daily to-do list on-hand
  • Writing out a moving schedule, and staying with it as closely as you can

When you can decrease the anxiety you have over your relocation, then you should be in a better frame of thought to handle any challenges that pop up afterwards. And remember that a professional moving company in Tulsa and Oklahoma City can help your move keep on track.

2) Recreate a "Piece of Home" in Your New Place

After you get to your new home and commence unpacking, try to recreate a familiar area. Perhaps you can align your household furniture in the same arrangement which you did at your old house; or perhaps you might put your art in the same pattern they were in previously. Whatever the case could be, you will likely feel more at ease if you're in a familiar environment — even if it's only a "piece of home" from your old place.

3) Get Enough Rest and Exercise

A lot of the time, your problems don’t feel quite so bad after a great night of slumber. Lack of sleep has been connected to increased anxiety, irritability, and depression, so never discount your need for some sleep.

Additionally, it's also crucial to get into a healthy, regular exercise routine. Times of moderate to strenuous exercise will release endorphins in your brain — and these chemicals have been connected to increased comfort and lessened anxiety. Remember, you will also feel additional energy as you stay with your exercise schedule, which will help fight off depression.

4) Connect with Others

In the after-effects of the pandemic, lot of people are feeling lonelier and more isolated than ever before. To cope with such negative feelings, take the initiative to get together with others both live as well as virtually. Organize Zoom meetings with your friends and loved ones, in the event they are too far away to see in person. Send them regular text messages to check on them and call them when you have the time. In addition, it may be helpful to join a volunteer organization in your new location or register for classes and events organized by nearby. You can also join local social media groups. All the above actions can help you to feel united with others and get you through the feelings of isolation.

5) Make a Workable Routine, and Stick to It

People are creatures of habit. We tend to feel pleased and more secure if our lives have structure and follow an anticipated pattern. With that in mind, attempt to make a doable, realistic routine for yourself as soon as possible — and then stay with it! It's fantastic how a simple activity like waking up at the same time each morning will help you to vanquish the blues.

Additionally, never wait to go to a a professional counselor for help. Depression after moving is not a joke! Yet, with some work, perseverance, and help from your friends and family, you can beat it and make your move a successful one!


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