Moving from your home is always stressful and sometimes even tends to be quite emotional. However, the greatest problem that it causes is that it tends to be highly chaotic. First of all, your home temporarily turns into a warehouse and instead of your belongings, furniture and memorabilia you get piles of boxes, cover sheets and empty space. Furthermore, some of your precious belongings get exposed to the risk of being misplaced or mishandled, while some of the most expensive equipment pieces you own stand at risk of getting damaged in the process. While it is impossible for you to completely prevent this, there are more than several ways to minimize this risk by taking full control of your relocation.
1. Prepare financially
Even though some of the difficulties regarding your move are sentimental, more than several of them will pose a formidable financial problem. Luckily, there are various methods of handling this. For instance, if you are moving because your company demands it, you can always ask your employer to handle the expenses of the move. Sure, they may be reluctant to pay for the entire process, but even if they decide to cover a part of your expenses, they will still be doing you a huge favor. Additionally, you need to do the math and consider the prices at your target destination and compare them to those at your current location.
2. Protect your valuables
Another major risk during the move is that regarding your most precious belongings. Let’s be completely honest, even though you will choose a moving company based on their reputation, giving them your most valuable possessions for safekeeping won’t be a pleasant thought. Sure, they may get the most heartwarming word-of-mouth recommendation, but to you, they are still complete strangers (at least for the time being).
Things like jewelry you can pack in a single box and carry around with you, but what about some larger heirlooms or antique family memorabilia. One of the ways to see exactly how they are handled in travel is by adding a GPS tracking device in one of the boxes and then monitoring it remotely. Finally, you probably want to get insurance for some important pieces you own, just in case anything goes wrong. In this way, you will know that you did all that you can so that your stuff reaches its destination.
3. Find a way to handle stress
Once you have the price and the safety of the move handled, you need to find a way to keep your own emotions in check. From the above-discussed, it is easy to see how relocation can be a stressful matter. Still, seeing how many of the issues require a personal touch, this is the worst time possible to undergo a nervous breakdown.
They say that the first step in avoiding a trap lies in knowing there is one in the first place, which is why you need to learn how to recognize some symptoms of this ordeal. For instance, nervous exhaustion, loss of appetite, low energy and reduced libido are the most common indicators of a potential breakdown. The problem with identifying a nervous breakdown through these symptoms is due to the fact that they often go hand to hand with relocation (even when everything is going smoothly). With this in mind, you shouldn’t just look for the presence of these symptoms, but their intensity, as well.
By keeping an eye on these three issues alone, you will be able to avert a major disaster during your relocation and ensure that this transition goes as smoothly as possible. When the going gets tough, just keep in mind that (luckily) this is something you won’t be doing again for quite a while, which should get you more than enough time to recuperate.