Depressed After Relocation? Try This…

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When it comes to moving, there are many unavoidable realities that we must all face. The toughest part is when we are dealing with the moving and storage aspect. That’s when depression usually starts setting in and if we don’t control our nerves well, things can get pretty more difficult. Presently, around a million people relocate every year throughout the United States. Moving is generally looked at in only one way – as a very stressful activity. There are so many different factors that force people to relocate, such as business opportunities, school concerns, career advancements, etc.  All that maters is how well you are able to keep your emotions under control, because that’s what leads to depression if not handled properly.

There is no doubt that moving kind of ends up leaving a significant impact on our lives. Aside from the environmental change, our thoughts are also greatly impacted. I have a friend who had to move to another state some time back. While she and her husband handled the move pretty well, sadly and surprisingly enough, her husband fell victim to depression. He had to undergo a series of therapy sessions and treatment for depression, which affected the whole family in many ways. Many people undergo relocation/moving depression without even being aware of what they are suffering from. In fact, most of us just look at depression as a passing phase which we think we’ll eventually overcome as time goes on. Most of us fail to realize that it is actually a psychological problem which has the tendency of getting out of control if not paid attention to at the right time.

However, despite how low your feeling may get, the good new is, there are many tested and proven techniques that can help anyone get through the entire moving and storage process without being affected in a serious way. In order to overcome depression, you must first be aware of it. Here, try these few coping tips to help overcome moving depression:

–    Collect the contact details of your loved ones, so you can be in touch with them immediately you relocate. Speaking your heart out to someone makes moving a lot easier. You’ll be surprised how light and at peace you’ll feel when you speak to someone and tell them everything about your trip and the new the place.

–    Bring along some reminders or keepsakes from your old house, probably things that you hold dear such as frames, decorations, photographs or others. It is not necessary to let your home go abruptly. Doing it slow and steady will help you assimilate the new change much more easily.

–    Moving and storage are not the only things that shape relocations – new homes, new neighbors and new neighborhoods do too. They are part of the whole moving process, which is why you should look for ways of reconciling with your new surroundings. Learn new ideas and realities to fit in.

–    Once you’ve moved, you can look for different and new things to do in order to keep your mind off old memories. Take charge of your feelings by enrolling in some helpful classes or exercising programs to help you move on faster.

  • One thing that I know, when moving to a new neighborhood you’re better be friendly because you do not know for how long you will live there.

  • Stephanie Stevens

    I am starting to feel the relocation blues, not so much because I miss my former home because I don’t. I just feel more empty and it’s so much I need to get done and I overall just have become numb to the entire situation. It sucks, I left behind certain creature comforts to just be miserable. Well at least we die in the end.

  • ralphylad

    Ill be honest its been 9 months and I still haven’t gotten over my house move,it is single handedly the worse decision I could have ever made and I just hope for the market to recover enough for me to get out relatively unharmed, the additional debt is also worrying me.. it makes me miserable waking up every morning in a house I completely detest and get very little enjoyment of of doing anything anymore, 15 years I have been the most happiest, proactive person to now living in a state of complete and utter depression. I think more needs to be published and written about how much a house move can affect mental health,it seems silly but I have coped with loosing loved ones easier than this transition. I just hope I can sell up and find a house where I can be really comfortable again and settle.