6 Ways to Keep Your Stress Levels to a Minimum During a Removal

  • By Tonya Davis
  • 02 Feb, 2017

6 Ways to Keep Your Stress Levels to a Minimum During a Removal

Ideally, you’ll think of your removal as a grand adventure. The transition represents a new chapter in the epic tale that is your life. This new chapter will bring new opportunities, new talents, new friends and new memories. This new chapter may help you seize the day and reach for your dreams.

On the other hand, the transition might not represent a positive change for you. It might pack more stress into a schedule that you’ve already stretched thin. The removal might even occur because you lost a job or because you experienced other emotional trauma. Whatever the case, you can put a more positive spin on your relocation and lower your stress levels in the meantime.

To get started, have a look at the tips below. These tips may help you feel more relaxed during your removal.

1. Schedule Times to Talk to Your Family, Friends and Other Loved Ones

You can’t just say that you will call after you’ve finished your packing or unpacking for the day. Unless you make a specific schedule, you might feel too tired or make other excuses to put off that call. You might want to connect with your family, but you might not feel energetic enough to do it.

Make that connection an obligation by scheduling a time to call your loved ones or to have them call you. Because you will have the busiest schedule, you should probably have your family and friends call you instead of the other way around.

This connection with your loved ones matters especially when you feel stressed, so do not put off calls just because you feel tired or flustered. You need to hear voices that you love, and you need words of affirmation and motivation.

2. Go for a Run, Work Out or Do Yoga at Least Once Daily

Exercise relieves stress and boosts your body’s energy. Physical activity also helps your body produce mood-boosting chemicals like endorphins. To enjoy these benefits, you need to get up and move at least once every day—and the physical exertion you experience while relocating doesn’t count. You need to go for a run, lift weights or do yoga for at least an hour every day.

That hour doesn’t have to happen all at once. You can split it into different episodes throughout the day, such as doing a half hour in the morning and a half hour at night. You can even do 10 minutes of exercise six times. Just make sure you get that stress-relieving physical activity in.

3. Drink Plenty of Water and Eat Healthy Food

When you relocate, you might feel tempted to drink soft drinks and eat processed food because these options require little or no work from you. You can eat them quickly on the go. But these quick food items won’t do you any favours.

Instead, you need to make sure you consume water regularly. Try to drink a glass once an hour. And when you prepare your meals, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of protein rather than carbohydrates and dairy. Of course, you can have carbohydrates and dairy in your diet, but you’ll feel better if you have healthier foods as well.

4. Use Hobbies Like Reading or Card Games as a Break

You absolutely need to take breaks, or you’ll make your mind and body feel exhausted. After every three hours, take another hour to read, play card games, do crafts, develop a talent, write down your thoughts or do other relaxing activities. If video games relax you, then you can do those, but keep in mind the screen strains your eyes and your brain, and you may feel more tired afterward.

5. Recreate Your Old Schedule After You Arrive at the New House

After you move, you can recover from your stress more quickly if you return to your routine. Your routine shows your brain that you haven’t found yourself in an unfamiliar and unfriendly place. Surround yourself with the familiar by returning to your routine.

6. Integrate Yourself Into Your New Community

Make new friends by running in the morning, shopping at local businesses or joining local organizations like clubs, study groups or even churches. You should try to see these people at least once a week to build a rapport, surround yourself with friendly faces and feel less stressed about your new environment.


You don’t have to feel stressed after a removal. Use the tips above to relax during the transition, and read our other posts for more tips.

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