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If you're moving soon and you feel stressed out, take a pause. Breathe in and relax because you're in the right place. We've got some of the best ways to stay happy and healthy during a stressful move, and we're ready to share them with you.

It's not a secret that relocating can be a stressful experience. From packing, over transport, all the way to making your new place feel like home, there are lots of things you have to think about. However, this process doesn't have to be so hard. If you get professional help and organize everything as you should, it can be a breeze. We want to help you enjoy it, so here are the things we think will help.

De-stressing techniques to know about

Before we dive into what you can do to organize your moving process the best way possible, we wanted to talk about you. It's important that you take care of yourself during these times. So, here are some of the de-stressing techniques we found work wonders.

  • Make time to exercise. No matter if we're talking about yoga, running, walking, or playing sports. Take some time each week to stay active.

  • Breathe. Scientists have proven that deep breathing helps with reducing overall stress levels. Whenever you're feeling under, inhale through the nose and exhale through your mouth.

  • Treat yourself. You don't have to do this all the time, but find a way to treat yourself at some point during the moving process. Even something simple like taking a hot bath, getting a massage, or just taking some time for yourself can mean a lot.

  • Unplug from the world. Turning off the TV, putting your phone down, and just relaxing for a few minutes each day is always a good idea.

  • Read a book. If you have a habit of watching TV before you go to bed, try to replace it with reading a book. It will take your mind off the upcoming move, and your brain will love it.

Make a to-do list

As we already mentioned, the process of moving brings a lot of tasks. You might think that you'll be able to remember everything, but that's not how things usually work. Even the most organized person out there needs a simple list to help them get through the process without a hitch.

So, take pen and paper, and write down all the things you need to do. While doing this, you'll start to see patterns, and you might even find a way to trim down some of your moving expenses. Not only will this help you be more organized, but you'll also avoid ending up broke. And as moving can get expensive pretty quickly, this is a step you surely don't want to skip.

Don't rush

If you're not dealing with a surprise move, in which case you have to rush, take your time and start preparing as early as possible. Don't wait until the last minute to begin packing or organizing how everything will play out.

The ideal time to get started is about two months before the actual moving day. This way, you'll have enough time and space to get everything done. Plan a week-by-week strategy and try to follow through. Even if it means paying another month's worth of rent, it will pay out as you'll be able to stay happy and healthy during a stressful move.

Listen to music

Listening to music during the moving process will not only keep you entertained, but it'll also keep your stress levels low. Psychotherapists know for a fact that the soothing power of music can be a great tool in releasing pressure. So, why wouldn't you use it?

Play your favorite songs while you're packing and doing things that would make you feel stressed otherwise. You can even dance your worries away if you feel like it. Healthy living on a tight schedule is not only possible, but it also can be fun.

Put some thought into the packing process

Packing is the most stressful part of the moving preparations. Luckily, you can bring that stress way down if you pack strategically. As experts love to say, the order in which you pack your things is as important as the way you pack them.

To do everything by the book, start with the non-essential items. These include anything that you won't need right before or after the move. We're talking about things like furniture, paintings, TVs, mirrors, and books. When you have those out of the way, the situation will look brighter right away.

And when the moving day starts approaching, you should pack an essentials box. Put in it the things that you'll need on moving day and right after it. You don't want to search through ten different boxes to find toiletries, shampoos, phone chargers, and pajamas when you get to your new home. And the essentials box is there just for that.

Hire a babysitter

This shouldn't come as a surprise, but juggling moving boxes while taking care of your kids isn't the best idea. Therefore, if you're a parent, make sure to hire a babysitter or enlist a family member to watch your children on the moving day. You'll be able to focus on the logistics of the relocation and not worry about where the youngest members of your family are.


Eat healthily

And the last thing we want to talk about is food. Your body will be under a lot of pressure, so you should eat foods that boost your immune system. On top of that, many of these superfoods will also help with stabilizing your blood pressure and reducing stress. Take a trip to your nearest grocery store, and stock up on healthy decisions.


As you can see, there are plenty of things you can do to stay happy and healthy during a stressful move. However, the best way to do this is to let the professionals do everything. If your budget allows it, hire not only movers but also packers. This way, you won't have to worry about anything besides getting you and your family to your new home.

Barbara Dahl is a Baton Rouge-based freelance writer and photographer. Currently, she's working with Zippy Shell Louisiana, as it gives her a chance to do what she loves the most - to help people with her articles. In her free time, she loves to cook, paint, and read. 

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