Moving is listed as one of the most stressful experiences in your lifetime—right along with divorce, loss of a job, or loss of a loved one. Let’s take a look at how to manage your stress while you’re moving so that you can stay healthy, stay focused, and settle into your new home stress-free.

Accept that stress is a normal part of the moving process

Overcoming moving stress starts with accepting that you will have moving stress.. If you recognize from the start that you are probably going to incur some stress over the course of your move, you’re less likely to let it set you back when it happens.

Give yourself enough time

One of the biggest sources of moving stress is time. More specifically, not having enough of it. A stress-free move might not be possible, but you can make it a whole lot easier by making sure to allow enough time to get everything done.

Start small

If you’re feeling paralyzed by moving stress or you simply don’t know where to start, just get something done. Making progress, big or small, is important for managing your stress, so worry less about how you’re going to get every single thing you own packed up, shipped to another location, and unpacked in a new space, and focus instead on just getting it done piece by piece.

Stay organized

Organization is key if you want to make moving less stressful. This applies to all facets of your move, from sorting and labelling boxes in a way that makes them easier to unpack to keeping all of the documents you might need. If you make organization a priority from step one, you’ll set yourself up for fewer headaches and an easier overall move.

Hire professional movers

In addition to helping with the heavy lifting on moving day, movers can also help pack up your things and safely wrap up and transport hard to pack items like lamps and art. That’s a lot less work on your end and a lot less stress as a result. 

Ask for help

If you’re feeling stressed during your move, ask a friend or family member for help, or even just some company while you pack or unpack. An extra set of hands can greatly minimize the stress of moving, and having someone else around is a great distraction from what might be an otherwise overwhelming task. 

Get some sleep

Make sleep a priority during your move, and try to get a full night’s rest as often as possible. Moving can take a lot out of you both physically and mentally, and if you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re going to be running on empty very quickly.