Moving is a task that most of us would like to avoid; it’s stressful, expensive, and it can be scary moving to an unfamiliar place. However, moving is something that most of us will have to endure at least once in our lives, so when the time comes, it’s helpful to remain calm, cool, and collected to make the experience go as smoothly as possible.

In this article, we look at several ways you can remain cool when it’s time to move.

Plan Ahead

One of the best ways to help you keep your head on straight when you have to move is to do as much of the work beforehand as you can. This means making a moving checklist of all the things you need to take care of so you’re not rushing to put everything together at the last minute. This checklist includes things like who to notify about your move such as utility companies, credit card companies, your bank, your doctor, the post office and so on. Also on this list should be things you need to buy to help you move, including packing materials, boxes and tape. The more you have planned before you move, the smoother the process will go and the less scatterbrained you’ll feel.

Organize Early

Another great way to help you remain calm when it’s time to move is to begin as early as you can and organize your things so you know what you’re taking with you and what you’re getting rid of. Start a month or more out and begin by going through every room in the house and sorting your items into piles of things you want to keep, things you’re not sure you want to keep, and things you definitely want to get rid of.

Getting all of this out of the way before you move reduces the amount of stress you have to deal with once the big day approaches.

Declutter

When talking about organizing your stuff, it’s helpful to use this opportunity to get rid of all that junk and stuff that’s been piling up in your house over the years. The less you have to pack and move, the less stress you will have to deal with. So go through your items and get rid of things like clothes that don’t fit or books you’ve already read. If you want to earn some extra cash for your move, consider selling these items online or during a yard sale. Or why not donate them to a charity? The point is to get as minimal as you can so you can move and get settled fresh in your new place without a lot of clutter.

Keep Fit

Stress is terrible for the body; it can lead to muscle pain, cramps, headaches, loss of sleep, chest pain, and overall fatigue. And there are few things as stressful as moving, which is why it’s essential you deal with the stress positively and not let it overwhelm you.

One proven method of dealing with stress is exercise, so while it’s true you have a lot on your plate while you’re planning on moving, don’t neglect yourself and be sure to get plenty of stress-burning exercise. Exercise can be something explosive like CrossFit or something more relaxing and focused like yoga. Whatever you do, take care of your body and your mind by getting the blood and endorphins flowing.

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Get Your Rest

Just as important as exercise is to good health and a good mood, so too is adequate sleep. When you have so many things to get done, it’s natural to want to burn the candle at both ends, but neglecting your sleep is a recipe for ramping up your stress levels and leaving nothing left in the tank when you have important chores or tasks you have to complete. Get a good night’s sleep to recharge every night, ensuring you’re ready to go the next day and have a full tank of energy to get the work done.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, life can become overwhelming, and moving doesn’t make that any easier. When you feel you’re at the end of your rope, ask your friends or co-workers for help. Even if they don’t help you pack, their company can lift your spirits and make the difference between a chore you dread, to one you’re happy to finish. And, if you do get some muscle to help you move and pack, make it a party by ordering pizza, which is sure to brighten everyone’s mood.

Moving is stressful no matter how you slice it, but if you take these ideas, you can keep calm and plow forward with strength and as little stress as possible.