International moves are not as simple as packing up and moving to another town or state. A lot more planning, money and time is involved, which can take it out of you and your accompanying family members. How can you de-stress before an international move?
Get Your Affairs in Order
As someone who has gone through three international moves (with one more coming up) since 2002, I know that one of the most important things you can do is to get your affairs in order well in advance before you actually move.
Arrange to forward your mail, shut off utilities, pay any outstanding debts, sell your vehicle(s), purchase your tickets and move out of your home. The earlier you can settle your affairs, the less stress you will have to deal with as your move date approaches.
Spend Time with Family and Friends
Family and friends can help keep you grounded, regardless of where they live. But if you have loved ones living nearby, spend time with them before you move. Friends and family can provide you with the emotional and moral support you need to de-stress and get through the upcoming events.
Do not just spend all your time talking about the move. Take the time to enjoy one another’s company over a coffee or a trip to the mall one last time. Create pleasant, lasting memories that will see you through the following days, weeks and months as you move.
Give Yourself Leisure Time
International moves are expensive and draining. Take time out by visiting the gym, go for a walk in the park or lake. These activities can help you de-stress and cope more successfully with the upcoming move. Being focused 24/7 on the move can take a toll on your physical and emotional well-being, but giving yourself some leisure time will help keep you balanced and provide you with refreshment.
As you prepare to up sticks and move abroad, you will have a lot to settle and take care of. Stress can be overwhelming at a time like this, which is why you should take steps to deal with what is going on. Make sure you get your affairs in order, as this is one of the biggest factors that can weigh you down; do not neglect to spend time with family and friends, as their influence can help keep you grounded. Finally, give yourself some leisure time to decompress and de-stress.
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