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How to Incorporate Self-Care into the Moving Process

July 6, 2023 | Moving Guides & Tips

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We understand that moving can be stressful. In fact, according to University Hospitals, one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems, moving ranks within the top 5 most stressful events in a person’s life. The perfect word to describe moving is change—and change can be quite daunting. 

If you’re new to the concept of self-care, don’t worry. In this blog, we provide several self-care tips to help your moving process go as smoothly as possible.

Eight Self-Care Practices During the Moving Process

1. Start Early

When you’re crunched for time, moving can become even more stressful. Start early to reduce stress. Begin decluttering, organizing and packing a few weeks before the move. Using a moving checklist can be a great way to manage your tasks.

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2. Exercise Regularly

Exercise is another effective stress-buster. It releases endorphins (natural mood boosters) into your brain. Find an exercise you enjoy. Yoga, for instance, is excellent for releasing muscle tension, particularly in the shoulders where stress is often held.

3. Practice Journaling

Journaling can act as an emotional outlet, helping you process and understand your feelings during the move. By writing about your experiences, you gain perspective and become better equipped to handle them.

A woman sitting on a bench and writing in a journal.

4. Plan Your Meals

Don’t let the hectic moving schedule compromise your nutrition. Plan your meals in advance to ensure your body stays fueled. Opt for easy, nutritious meals that keep you energized throughout the day.

5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Remember to drink plenty of water. Water helps regulate body temperature, get rid of waste, lubricate joints, prevent infections and generally keeps the body functioning properly.

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6. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is essential for your physical and mental health. Despite the busy moving schedule, prioritize getting adequate sleep.

7. Treat Yourself

Moving is challenging, so don’t forget to treat yourself. Enjoy a nice meal, book a spa day or indulge in your favorite dessert. You deserve it!

A mother and her child at a spa.

8. Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help

Finally, don’t shy away from asking for and accepting help during the moving process. Whether it’s borrowing a friend’s truck or hiring a professional moving service like Wheaton World Wide, seeking assistance can greatly reduce your stress.

Wheaton is Here to Help

Remember to prioritize self-care during your next move. At Wheaton World Wide, we understand that moving can be stressful, but we’re here to help. By hiring a full service moving company, you can leave the heavy lifting to us and you can focus on taking care of yourself, your family and making your new house feel like home. Reach out today to get started with our expert movers or ask any questions you may have. 

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