How to Deal with Moving Anxiety

How to Deal with Moving Anxiety

The move into your new home is a rollercoaster of emotions. On one hand, it's the start of a new chapter, a step towards a new location with the opportunity to explore the area. On the other hand, moving house involves a lot of changes, and can naturally cause a lot of stress and anxiety. To have a smooth, moving experience it is helpful to understand what can make a move stressful. This way you can work towards reducing potential moving anxiety. 

Why do we get moving anxiety?

There is no single cause of stress when it comes to moving house, and instead is a bunch of smaller things that make the process stressful. Here are just some of the things that can cause moving anxiety:

  • Change - Of course, when you move a lot of change is involved. You will be moving to somewhere completely new, you will have a new home layout to work with,   and you may be even changing your job and your children's schools. These changes are unavoidable, and it's completely normal to feel a little stressed.
  • Finance - There are a lot of costs that are associated with moving, and it can cause people a lot of worry. 
  • Time - It is no surprise that moving house takes a lot of time. Whether you're moving across the street or across the world, it takes time to get your belongings relocated safely and quickly. You may find yourself putting your life on hold to prioritise your move, which is okay.

Symptoms of anxiety or stress

A small amount of stress can be helpful, and can sometimes cause you to be more productive with the move. However moving stress and anxiety can easily become unhealthy, so it is important to recognise the symptoms. 

  • Trouble trying to relax

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Quick or sudden anger

  • Aches and pains

  • Low energy 

  • Headaches

Take a look here for more symptoms of anxiety and stress. 

How to manage moving anxiety

If you are suffering from the above symptoms, it is important that you try to improve by following these steps. 

Have the right attitude 

When you are moving home, it is important that you adopt a positive attitude to help you get through the moving process. Consider all the good things about the move, such as meeting new friends and finding new activities to do in the local area. These things may only be little, but by having a glass half-full perspective can really help you to mitigate anxiety.


A big cause of moving anxiety is the sense of change that comes with the move. Stepping into the unknown is scary enough, especially if you are pursuing a new life there. Start by researching the new area, figure out things to do, where the nearest doctors surgeries are, where your nearest shop is, and anything else you feel will be useful. This way you will feel a little more relaxed when you finally move to the new area.  

Start early

Leaving your house to move at the last minute will most likely heighten your levels of stress and anxiety. To reduce this, be sure to declutter, pack your boxes, and arrange any services early on. If you are worried about not having enough storage space, now is also the perfect time to arrange a self storage solution for your move. Sorting these factors early on means that you can rest assured closer to the time of the move.

Let people help

Whether you're moving out alone or relocating with the entire family, it is really important to remember that you are not alone. Accepting help when moving home is more important than ever, and help from friends and family can help you relax and enjoy the experience. Of course you can also hire professionals if you think the job is too big. 

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