When the time comes to move house, there are some imminent situations that we must all face. Certain difficulties may arise throughout the moving process, and every individual fights these issues in his/her own way.
It’s an undeniable fact that the household move is one of the most stressful events in people’s lives and it makes a perfect period for the depression and anxiety to set in. Other than physically demanding tasks, there may be a strong emotional background of every move.
Some of the reasons that may force you to move are: relationship changes (getting married or getting divorced), job changes, downsizing, education opportunities,… All these circumstances can get you very sensitive and moving stress can intensify that feeling.
Moving depression is a common side effect of the environmental change. People handle changes in so many different ways – some of them are not even aware of what they feel and usually try to suppress emotions, while others are prone to show their feelings and emotional reactions.
What causes relocation depression?
Due to numerous moving-related tasks that should be taken care of, people usually ignore some emotional issues.
Here are some of the most common factors that may cause relocation depression.
– Culture shock is a possible scenario for those who are going through an adjustment to a new environment, language, country and culture. Fear of the unknown is an expected emotion when everything’s unfamiliar: people, landscape, food, language, customs,…
– General life circumstances. If you are moving with your family, each member will be somehow affected by the move. Children will have to adjust to a new school and make new friends and both you and your partner will face the change of job or unemployment.
– Climate changes. Moving to a lot of warmer or colder state than you are used to may cause discomfort for all family members.
How to beat moving depression?
No matter how hopeless you may feel about the move, there are some proven methods that can help you overcome the moving depression without getting seriously affected.
– Being aware of the problem is the first step toward overcoming moving depression.
– Take your time to adapt and be gentle to yourself and family members. All of you are going through the same experience, so discuss it. Do not hesitate to reveal your feelings – that may help you feel better.
– Stay in touch with your friends, neighbors and relatives. Sharing your feelings with them may help you get a totally new perspective.
– Homesickness is an expected outcome of the move, so find some reminders of your old home like decorations, photographs and other items you hold dear. As soon as you make your new house/apartment feel like home, you will feel much better.
– Get to know your new environment and people, since they are part of your actual reality. Go for a walk, explore your new neighborhood, meet the new neighbors, visit some of the important local venues.
– Go out with your colleagues, have some fun. Join the local club where you can find people with similar interests. Making new friends is one of the most efficient ways to fight moving depression.
– Throwing a housewarming party is a perfect opportunity to gather both your old friends and your new neighbors and colleagues.
– If your children are having trouble adapting to the new school, give them a chance to get to know their school friends better by involving them in some extracurricular activities.
– Explore the new opportunities you are given after the relocation. Make a list of positive aspects of the move.
There is no a single rule that can be applied to each situation. Every person has his/her own emotional reactions to the move and previous tips should be considered as a good starting point for overcoming relocation depression.