You acquired the new job, you signed on the new home and your moving van is scheduled. Despite having major aspects of a move planned, there still remains trepidation at the thought of transplanting. A new city, new home and new routine requires transition. Whether that transition is difficult or not is based on a few factors. By eliminating negative factors through preparation, you set yourself up for a successful transition!
Research the city you will be in. Read the city and state’s government website and statistics. Prepare yourself for cost of living in the area. Be aware of different neighborhoods and what they are known for. Talk to the locals to find the “best of” list for restaurants, gyms, parks and schools. Within the first few days of moving in, take a break from unpacking to experience local fare. Go out for dinner, take a walk through a popular district. Be intentional to explore your new surroundings to find a favorite cafe, boutique or grocery store. Have a map on hand or in the car and become familiar with major freeways and streets.
Maintain routines as much as possible. This is especially helpful if moving with children. If mealtimes are at a particular time or always at the table, carry this out in new location. Make a priority to maintain familiarity. Before the first day of work or school, drive the route to account for driving time, with and without traffic, to aid in scheduling your daily routine.
Before your move date, plan for utilities to be turned on in time for your arrival. This would include electricity, water, sewage, garbage, phone, internet and cable. Complete a change-of-address form from the USPS to be sure mail is forwarded to new address. Contact your bank, along with any legal IDs you carry including your driver’s license, to alert of change of address as well.
Roll With The Punches
The unknown can create anxiety. However, with a simple shift of perspective, the anxiety can be replaced with anticipation. Viewing the unknown and new experiences as an adventure will contribute towards a positive attitude. Choose to let the surprises or delays become an opportunity to “go with the flow.”