How to Feel More Comfortable Before a Move

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Neuroticism is the act of being neurotic, which can come out in many ways. It could be a constant fear and obsessiveness over your health or paranoia. It can also come out in regular life situations that can cause stress. It’s only natural to get a little neurotic and stress before a move. After all, it’s a massive change in your life.

For those who are struggling with different fears, paranoia, and neuroticism during a move, you’ll definitely want to check out our list of eight ways you can feel more comfortable during your move and, ultimately, in your new home as well. 

Find Moving Deals

Moving is expensive. We all know it. If you’re struggling with feeling neurotic about pricing, money, and spending, you’ll want to check out our moving deals. Finding a cheaper alternative to regular moving services is a great way to calm that inner voice that’s so worried about your spending. 

Compare moving companies’ rates in your area and see if any offer coupons. See if there are any services that you’re comfortable with leaving out. For example, perhaps you don’t need someone to come in and pack all your boxes for you, but you’d still like to rent a moving crew to help move the boxes into your moving truck on the day of your move. 

It’s all up to you. Knowing you have control over the pricing of your move may help you feel a little more secure when it comes time to pay. 

Find the Root of Your Neuroticism

There’s always a reason we experience a stress response to something, especially when it is heightened. Moving is stressful for just about everyone. However, if you find that you become overly focused, obsessive, and neurotic during the moving process, you may be experiencing more than regular stress. BetterHelp has assembled a wealth of resources to help you explore neuroticism in further depth: 

Some common causes of neuroticism during a stressful situation include: 

  • Not being given control over choices as a child 
  • Being forced into situations that you weren’t told about 
  • Having financial struggles earlier in life or currently 
  • Having a history of things not going how you expected 
  • Being someone who needs a detailed understanding of what’s happening
  • Dealing with overly controlling parents as a child 
  • Dealing with excessively relaxed parents as a child 

Some personality types are also more likely to experience neurotic traits. People who relate to the “Type A” personality type may find themselves getting more stressed during a move. 

Get Help With Your Move

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It may feel overwhelming, and asking for help feels like a weakness for some people. However, it’s imperative to not put everything on your own shoulders. Even if you have the energy to do it alone during your move, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you. 

In fact, once you arrive, you’re sure to feel the effects of your overachieving in your body. You’ll start to ache and wonder why you did everything alone. Ask for friends and family to take some of the smaller tasks for you. Or work with everyone as a team to get it done quickly so you can go back to feeling calm and collected. 

Keep Your Mind Open

It’s essential to keep your mind open during a move. If you get too fixated on doing something your way or the “right” way, you’re more likely to get upset if it goes wrong. Practice having an open mind by: 

  • Taking deep breaths and accepting something when it’s not exactly “perfect” 
  • Allowing others to help you and not micromanaging them 
  • Taking advice from others and not reacting defensively 
  • Planning only when you’re feeling calm 
  • Having a backup plan if you need one 

Research Crime and Safety 

Some people may find themselves getting super worried about safety in their new hometown. It’s essential to research these facts and come up with a safety plan just in case. Some neighborhoods in bigger cities might not be safe for a family. You can find crime statistics online for every city in the US. 

If you’re moving internationally, research which cities in your country have the lowest crime rates and which neighborhoods have the most families and safe areas. 

Focus On Yourself 

Remember not to micromanage others during your move. It’ll just make everyone feel much more stressed, including yourself. When we become stressed, it’s normal to want to try to control the situation. However, the only thing you can control is yourself and your actions. 

Try to bring yourself into a space where you can find out what’s wrong within your mind and what you can do to solve it. If someone else is causing you stress, try to take yourself away from the situation until you can calm down. It’s okay to respect your own boundaries, but that doesn’t mean telling someone else what to do. 

Have a Plan 

Always have a plan in place for your move but let yourself have some wiggle room. If you have one plan, come up with two backup plans for each category, including: 

  • Health
  • Documents
  • Moving dates 
  • What to do if something goes wrong 
  • Safety 

Traveling is unpredictable, and anything can happen. For that reason, you should make sure you know what you’d do in an emergency, even if you don’t want to think about it. Actually, avoiding the thought of a crisis can make you more stressed than having a plan available if something were to happen during your moving process

Just Keep Breathing 

It’s not just the name of a popular Ariana Grande song; it’s important! Taking deep breaths throughout your day can help regulate the stress levels in your body. Allow yourself some time to relax. Don’t work day and night unless you absolutely have to. If you have a moment to sit back and allow yourself to breathe or partake in an activity that calms you, do it. 

Deep breathing exercises are another great way to calm your body. Just breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, and then get back to it. You’ve got this!

We hope you found this blog post Neuroticism Before a Move: 8 Ways to Feel More Comfortable useful. Be sure to check out our post How Not to Stress Out When Moving Out of State for more great tips!

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