Moving home is undoubtedly stressful. You’re not just moving home, you’re undertaking a lot of big changes – not just for you, but also for the other members of your household.
Sometimes as chiropractors our patients struggle with stress related aches and pains. Moving home can be one such stress generator. So, as well as helping with our hands-on techniques we thought we’d share some “Moving Home Hacks” to help ease the burden.
Are you moving alone? With your family and kids? Either way, there is a lot to sort out, and the seemingly endless checklist can take away from the real excitement of the process. So instead of focusing on how much there is to do, we should spend more of our energy on making it an enjoyable experience for everyone. Let’s find out how to reduce our stress levels when moving home.
What are the causes of stress when moving home?
From sorting out your utility bills in your new home, to packing up all the kids’ favourite toys, to organising moving vans, the list goes on.
You need to make sure that everything in your former property is clean, organised and left how the upcoming residents will be expecting it. Then, you need to ensure your new home is ready to be lived in on moving day.
One simple “Moving Home Hack” is to make setting up your gas and electricity a priority. You don’t want to be on a default tariff for too long, which could leave you overpaying. Consider who you want to switch to. When I moved I wanted an environmentally friendly supplier, like Bulb Energy.
Sort out the essentials
Our second “Moving Home Hack” is to get organised. There’s a lot to do, so make a list and check it twice (involving your partner/family to make sure nothing’s been left off)!
Firstly, make sure you have prepared all the essential tasks first. This will leave you time to enjoy the ones that aren’t so essential, such as decorating or picking furniture. So what are the essentials?
- Pack your boxes and bags well ahead of time.
- Clear out everything you’ve not used in the last few years.
- Sort out your energy supply.
- Change the address of your subscriptions.
- Inform your doctor, place of work, bank, kids’ school and other important institutions that you are moving.
Take time to breathe
Now that you have sorted out all the crucial things, you can take time to step back and really enjoy the process. It’s fun, creative and exciting – a fresh start!
Take some time for yourself. Practicing breathing exercises and meditation can help you regulate your stress. Or at the very least enjoy the planned move and take time to appreciate the positives.
Take care when heavy lifting
Chiropractors are famous for treating back pain. Whilst we love our job, we’d rather people avoided the need to see us in the first place!
So, our last “Moving Home Hack” is to take care on moving day. Honestly, if you can afford movers then do it. Too many of us have strain our backs out when lifting heavy boxes. You’re more at risk if you’re not used to lifting, you’re tired, stressed or distracted.
If you’re doing the heavy work yourself then remember to take breaks and go for a walk. It’s especially important to stretch and move a little if you’ve just got out of the car or van after a long drive.
The last thing you want when moving house is a painful back – we all know how draining it can be, causing unwanted stress. Professional movers know what they’re doing!
If you’re looking for any help and advice from our Eastbourne chiropractor team then contact Lushington Chiropractic on 01323 722499 or comment below.
By James Revell
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