Tips to guide you through some of the emotions that
might arise during your upcoming move
Emotions Of Moving
If you are moving, or thinking about the prospect of moving into a new home, or relocating to a new city, state, or maybe even further, to another country, chances are that you will experience at least one, or all of the emotions we feel when we need to make decisions and face any big change.
Some moves can be life changing! Any emotions that surface may require a little exploration before making any decisions. During the moving process, should any of these emotions present themselves, they should be acknowledged. They may contain important information, and how they are dealt with can help you through the move.
Do Any Of These Emotions Feel Familiar?
Excitement – Your chance at a new beginning. Moving can open up a whole world of possibilities. Whether it's something you have been dreaming about or an opportunity has been presented to you, you have the chance of starting over, creating new memories and leaving behind any clutter, both emotionally and physically. Experiencing excitement can be exhilarating and produce positive results during the moving process.
Fear – Having to move can bring up emotions of fear. Often we resist change for many reasons, we might be worrying about the financial cost to move, the uncertainty of the future, the new home and location. All these thoughts can be unsettling and you might feel anxious. Work on staying positive throughout the process and seeing all the benefits the move will bring.
Surprise – Sometimes the unexpected happens when we least expect it. For example: You’ve been offered a job, but you have to relocate, next week! This is not uncommon. Having to move at the drop of a hat is sure to rapidly stir some emotions. You can use our Moving Checklist to help coordinate and have a smooth and speedy move, while at the same time understand your emotions.
Melancholy – Having to move may bring up feelings of sadness and thoughtfulness. It may be a pensive time. Going through your belongings and packing your current life. Having to let go and say goodbye to the people and the places you know so well. If you have the time, allow yourself to take things slowly and accept any feelings of sorrow or grief that might arise. You will need to adjust to the upcoming changes.
Relief – The feeling of relief can be at the beginning, the end, or at both the beginning and end of the move. Whether you are relieved to be moving, or happy that the moving process is over and all your emotions are back in balance, you can now breath, be at ease and start a new adventure.
If you experience any of these emotions, or others, how you deal with them will influence your move. Remember, Staying Healthy During Your Move can help balance out any emotions you might be experiencing. If needed, call upon friends or professionals to help out, so that you can enjoy the rollercoaster ride of the emotions of moving.