Regardless of what the reason for the move is, Moving Day is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. Moving for a new job? Expect stress. Moving to start fresh in a new city? Expect stress. Moving because you’ve won the lottery and you bought a penthouse apartment? Expect stress.
Why is moving stressful? Well, a lot of it has to do with human psychology. Human beings respond to change as though it were a threat as part of a biological survival response. Change is scary, even good change, and stress comes from that fear response.
On a more practical level, moving is stressful because it requires a lot of money and a lot of time—two of our most important resources. One way to save both time and money is hiring a professional moving service. Professional movers provide customers with all the help they need for a move: packing, loading, unloading, unpacking, storage, transportation, and more.
Below, we offer a few tips on managing stress in healthy ways before, during, and after Moving Day!
#1: Start Small & Start Early
Moving always involves way more labor and time than we expect at first. To have a smooth move, we need to automatically double whatever amount of work we think it will take to pack and organize our homes. That’s why the best way to manage your stress is to start small and start early.
Begin with filling up a box with framed pictures, or by packing up decorations. Do one box at a time, and start two or three weeks before you think you need to. By the time you get to packing in earnest, you’ll already have momentum, which will reduce stress.
#2: Get Plenty of Sleep
Stress is a biological response, so the best antidote is to take care of your body. The best way to take care of your body is to get a full eight hours of sleep every night, or at least a few times a week. Deep and abundant sleep lowers your cortisol level, which is the “stress” hormone. This allows you to repair your body, restore mental function, and become a better problem-solver.
Challenge yourself to get a full eight hours at least three times a week—you may be shocked at how much more manageable your life will be.
#3: Make Checklists
Some of our stress ultimately comes from feeling holding too much stuff in our head, especially when it comes to things we have to do. Productivity expert David Allen says that the human brain is great for creating ideas, but not holding them. Making checklists of the tasks on your plate—both big and small—is a great way to clear your head and reduce your stress levels.
#4: Exercise (Even Just a Few Pushups)
When we work out and exercise, our brain releases endorphins, or neurotransmitters that give us feelings of well-being and happiness. This directly dampens the effect of excessive cortisol, the “stress hormone.” Additionally, exercise helps improve your sleep, which lowers your stress levels even further.
Don’t think that you need to run six miles a day to see the benefits. Even just a few minutes of jumping jacks, burpees, or jogging in place can give you the benefits you’re looking for.
#5: Ask for Help
Stress is compounded by isolation, but it’s mitigated by cooperation. In other words, having people help you with a move helps “share the burden” of stress you might be feeling. Call some friends over to help you pack, or have them come take the food in your fridge to clear it out. Maybe get a friend who is more organized than you to help you get started.
The most effective way to ask for help is to hire professional movers. At Affordable Quality Moving & Storage, our Los Angeles movers provide customers with a full-service moving experience, from a free at-home estimate to packing, unpacking, and secure storage. Our services are fully insured and customized to your needs. With us, you can manage your stress by getting rid of it entirely!
Call (818) 960-1988 to schedule your free estimate today.