People move for a variety of reasons. In fact, by 2018, 35.5 million Americans were moving every year. While many people head to a new location for work, that isn’t always the case. Some people move to be closer to family, to send their children to a better school district, or simply to try something new.
In some cases, moving can be a form of self-care, especially if you need a fresh start or want to leave a certain city in your rearview mirror.
But if you’re going to “start over” by moving, it takes more than just having a moving checklist and making sure all of your boxes are packed. Once you actually get to your new place, you can use it as an opportunity to develop new habits and routines, both inside your home and in your new community.
Let’s take a look at how you can turn a simple change of location into something that could have a permanent positive impact on your life as you develop new healthy habits.
A New Place and a Fresh Start
No matter why you decided to move, it’s the perfect time to develop a new routine. When you make a checklist of things you want to accomplish every morning, they can quickly turn into habits that will last for years to come. While morning routines are beneficial for everyone, it’s important to make sure yours works for you. Think about the things that would most benefit you in the morning, and develop your routine from there.
Not sure where to get started? Break your morning routine down into things you need to do and things you want to do. Things you need to do might include showering, brushing your teeth, or answering work emails. Things you want to do could include personal goals or moments of self-care, such as:
- Working out
- Catching up with a family member or a friend
- Watching the news
Your routine and habits should include things that uplift you and set the tone for your day. You can also develop a nightly routine to help you get ready for bed. Doing so can make it easier to fall asleep and feel more well-rested in the morning.
Forming Healthy Habits in Your Own Backyard
One of the best things about moving to a new place is that you can start new hobbies and develop new habits right in the comfort of your home. If you’re not sure what you want to get into, take a look around you. Does your new place need work? Do you want to make it feel more like a home?
Sometimes, habits and hobbies find you, rather than the other way around. Starting some DIY projects in and around your house can be a great way to feel more at home, relieve stress, and perhaps even find some new interests that you didn’t have before.
One great way to settle into your new place is with gardening and landscaping. Learning more about the best screening trees and shrubs for your property and planting them accordingly can add a lot of character to your outdoor space, and you might have more of a green thumb than you thought!
If you want to focus on your home’s interior, consider painting or showing off your personality through interior decorating. You might have more of a knack for those things than you realize, and taking that kind of care and pride in your home can inspire you to take better care of yourself, and develop healthy habits.
Exploring Your New Community
One of the best things you can do when moving to a new place is to check out your new community. It’s another great opportunity to develop healthy routines that can benefit you.
A new community gives you the opportunity to “ban repeats.” Don’t automatically gravitate to the things you’re used to, especially if they were holding you back in your previous location. It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone with things you’re familiar with. While there isn’t any harm in easing into new situations slowly, don’t cling too tightly to old habits, especially if you know they aren’t good for you.
Instead, settle into your new community by exploring different places. Make a habit of going on a daily walk into town, or trying a new restaurant every week. You can even develop more “organized” habits by joining a club or a class that meets once a week. Not only will that help you to step out of your comfort zone and take care of yourself but it’s a great way to meet new people.
When you make a move, you’re starting somewhere with a clean slate. Whether you have been looking for a completely fresh start or you know it’s time to make changes in your life, consider this an opportunity to take care of your mental, emotional, and physical health.
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