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Stress can be incredibly strong during a move, but it can also mount before your move as well, affecting your emotional and physical well-being. To stop yourself from becoming a basket case before you've even begun the actual moving process, follow these helpful tips to help you decompress and de-stress.

Stay organized

The more organized and in control you are of your move, the more it will help you de-stress--or at least limit your stress.
  • Keep tasks organized with a before you move to-do list or checklist (whichever works best for you)
    • Checking things off this list will be extremely therapeutic and will limit stress
  • Create a moving budget in advance so you know what you are able to spend later on down the road
  • Declutter your home to help with packing later; tackling the clutter is also another great way to de-stress

Get everything out of the way

While staying organized is a great way to limit stress, think of how much less stressed you will be when you check everything off your to-do list.

What we're saying is: get what you can done as soon as possible. It's important not to leave things until the last minute.

Take care of yourself

Another way to help de-stress is to focus on your physical health -- we'll get to your emotional health next.
  • Exercise to release endorphins and minimize stress, which will have you feeling and sleeping better
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day (doctors recommend eight glasses)
  • Eat healthy with a well-balanced diet, you will need the energy to complete your moving tasks
  • Sleep enough to have you feeling well rested and ready to tackle the day (this is especially crucial the night before your move)

Give yourself some "me" time

Just because you'll be moving soon doesn't mean your life needs to be about moving 24/7. It's important for your emotional well being to focus on your own needs as well.
  • Pamper yourself to relieve extra tension and de-stress
    • A visit to the spa for some beauty treatments or a massage can do wonders
  • Immerse yourself in a good book or other activity that promotes escapism, such as a favourite movie
  • Drink a soothing cup of tea and focus on breathing and clearing your mind
  • Take a nice, hot bath or do something else that relaxes you such as meditation
  • Dabble in some retail therapy for a few hours

TIP: Basically, do anything not moving related during your "me" time. While you are relaxing, don't even think about your upcoming move. Your emotional stability will thank you.

Throw a goodbye party

Say goodbye to your home, your neighbours and the family members you are leaving behind with a going away party and have fun while doing it. This will especially help you de-stress if you throw said party before you're in the midst of that during your move to-do list.

To limit the stress even further, ask everyone to contribute with food and drinks: pot luck style. This is also a perfect time to inform your loved ones of your change of address.

Let someone else worry about it

To lessen your stress even more (if not completely), you can always let someone else worry about the complications of a move: specifically, professional movers.

Don't wait until the last minute, hire a mover to do the hard work for you. All you have to do to get started is to fill out this free quote form to begin receiving no-cost estimates from moving companies in your area. So long stress!

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on September 25, 2014

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