Moving can be one of the most stressful life events. It’s a big change that requires a lot of planning and work. However, there are ways to significantly lower that stress, such as hiring people to help you pack and move.
Whether you do it all yourself or delegate the tasks, there is still likely to be an element of stress involved mentally and emotionally. That’s why it’s important to look after your self-care during a move. No matter how strong you are, the disruption in your routine can take its toll on you.
Follow these simple self-care tips for moving to stay healthy and stress-free.
Self-Care Tips for Moving
Start each day off right
When you’re in the process of moving, it’s easy for your routine to get out of whack. As soon as you wake up, you’ll probably start thinking about your long to-do list and end up jumping into tackling it right off the bat. Instead of going straight to work, take at least thirty minutes to an hour when you first wake up to not think about the move. Have breakfast, drink a cup of coffee, read the paper, and enjoy your morning.
This will get your day off to a strong, healthy start. The rest of the day will go a lot smoother if you don’t start off frazzled but instead begin it with a clear, focused mind.
Plan out your meals
It’s easy to lose track of time when you are moving, both during the process of packing and on moving day itself. Food often ends up being an afterthought, especially if you don’t have time to cook. However, eating fast food every day or worse, skipping meals altogether, isn’t good for you.
Each week, take one day to plan out your food for the week. Decide what you’ll do for each meal, whether it’s takeout, going to a restaurant, or cooking. To save time cooking, prep your food all in one day and put it in labeled containers that you can easily grab when you’re ready to eat. This will ensure that you still get healthy meals even when you’re busy.
Take Epson salt baths
Moving can be very strenuous both physically and mentally. Baths are a great way to de-stress your entire body after a long day. Light some candles, play some music, and read a book while you soak. We recommend adding Epson salt to your bath. It helps relax sore muscles and recover from a long, strenuous day of physical activity. You can find it at any drugstore or superstore.
Block out some downtime
While it can be tempting to go, go, go until the move is over, you risk burning yourself out, which can cause physical injuries and even illness. That’s why it’s crucial that you block out some downtime every day. Make some time for things you enjoy, such as yoga, reading, taking a walk, watching a movie, spending time with friends or family, or going to the spa. Just because you’re moving doesn’t mean you can’t make time to enjoy life in the process.
Follow a schedule and to-do list
Having a schedule and to-do list is crucial to an organized, stress-free move. When you wing it, you leave a lot of room for mistakes and rushing at the end. Taking the time to assign every task to a specific day will remove the worry that you are forgetting something. You won’t feel the need to do it all at once, knowing that it is planned out, and you can actually take time to yourself knowing it is under control.