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Moving Depression – When the move becomes agony

Moving depression or uprooting depression can, in some cases, make it much harder to settle in a new environment. Getting a new apartment or even buying a house should normally be an exciting and beautiful start to a new chapter in life. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, often because the reason for the move is unpleasant: separation, financial difficulties or unwanted relocation for a job.

Moving boxes are unpacked and the living room is painted in the desired colour, but you just do not feel well. It is not a home and it is not possible to relax at all. This sense of being uprooted and homeless can develop into a relocation depression. In this article we want to give a little more information about this, not too well-known, topic and also give some tips on how to handle it.

Moving depression: Symptoms

Often the symptoms do not appear until the removal stress has passed. Just then, when the new home should already feel like one. This is often because the head had to deal with all the organisational work and the stress, and the unpleasant feelings could not penetrate it. Of course, symptoms can vary depending on your personality, but the most common ones are:

  • Excessive sleep:Eight hours of sleep just do not seem to be enough, and you often spend twelve or even more hours in bed. On the day at work or in your spare time you are also unnaturally tired and feel drained. These are mostly warning signs that something is not quite right.
  • Unsocial behaviour:You do not even want to leave home and the need to make new friends or to look after old ones is virtually “zero”. Alone the thought of living together with other people and doing small talk is uncomfortable.

After Moving Depression – What Can You Do?

If you have severe symptoms of depression you should definitely consult a specialist, but in mild form, you can do a lot of things on your own, to feel a little better. Here are a few strategies that can help you settle in to your new home and help you fight depression after the move.

  • Stay in touch: Pick up the phone and contact your loved ones. The best friend in your old home, your mother or your Tuesday night tennis friend, call her and talk to the familiar people. This helps you not to feel so alone. Even if you do not feel like it, try to make a phone call a day.
  • Make the new home cosy and hang photos and pictures from the old apartment in the new. If you have used scented candles or a special room spray in your old town again and again, then apply it in the first days in your new home. Visual and olfactory stimuli that will remind you of your old home will help you feel more comfortable and secure in the new four walls and not make your move too strong. Also try to use gentle and pleasant colours when painting walls.
  • Keep old habits: Do you run every day, do you sit in coffee houses on Sundays and read a book or is your cinema day on Wednesday evenings, then try to incorporate the same habits into your new environment.
  • Integrate into your new environment: Even if you do not feel like it and you really do not want to get out of your apartment, make it a priority for you to go to the front door. For example, start with a weekly activity that suits your taste. This could be a tennis lesson, a yoga or meditation class or even a book club. Finding new friends will make a huge difference for you!
  • Walks in the fresh air: Not only do you get to know your new surroundings better, but you also get your body going a bit. Cardiovascular exertion also leads to the release of endorphins, a kind of endogenous antidepressant against relocation depression.
  • Give yourself plenty of time: it’s OK not to feel secure from the moment you arrive at “zero” and feel at home. Especially if you have moved abroad and you live for the first time in a completely different culture. Adaptation takes a little time, but a new environment can always mean opening up new possibilities.

With these strategies, you can counteract the relocation depression, but do not forget to allow yourself some time to settle in. However, if you have severe symptoms and have been exacerbated by the move, we strongly advise you to talk with professionals about it. The time when burnouts and depression were a social stigma is long gone, and your health should always be top priority. With positive thoughts and the previous ideas, we hope that you can face a possible migration depression well-armed.

Is your move still to come and you cannot look forward to the new place of residence? You feel overwhelmed and do not know where all the stress is up and down? Then accept any help for your move that you can get. A moving company can take you most of the relocation tasks. Then you can take care of yourself. Meet with friends you will not see soon due to the move, do sports, buy something nice for your new apartment. In short – do what you like and leave your move to the professional Sydney removalists.


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