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Oct 03 2016

Emotional Stages of Moving

The decision to move to a new city or state is both thrilling and intimidating. While moving somewhere new is definitely exciting, it’s only natural for you to feel some strong emotions along the way. If you feel like you’re the only one who is scared to move to a new city, you’re not alone. Although not everyone handles the situation in the same way, there are some emotions most people will experience at some point during the move.

Excitement

Most of us want to try new things and go new places, so moving to a new city, whether it’s for a job, family members or education, is an exciting opportunity. Moving to a new city gives you a fresh start and a chance to explore a place you’ve never been. Newness is an exciting part of life. When you’ve moved somewhere unfamiliar, every street, restaurant and shop is a new experience.

Anxiety

It’s likely you’re going to feel nervous about moving somewhere new, and it’s understandable. You’re probably worried about getting lost or feeling lonely. Not only are you leaving a familiar setting, you’re leaving friends and family. Removing yourself from your support system of people is a terrifying thing to do, but you must keep in mind that you can find new friends in your new hometown.

Doubt

Being frightened will cause you to doubt your decisions. You might suddenly forget why you ever wanted to move and try to convince yourself you’d rather stay. Maybe you don’t need to move to be happy or reach your full potential. When these thoughts arise, they are coming from a place of fear, not truth. Try to remind yourself why you chose to move in the first place and what a good opportunity it will be.

Cautious enthusiasm

When you snap out of doubt you will still probably feel nervous, but the original enthusiasm will return. Remind yourself why you chose to move in the first place and how it’s going to benefit you, even if it’s scary. In life, it’s usually true that if it doesn’t scare you, it’s not worth doing. Keep telling yourself that in weeks leading up to your move so you can stay motivated.

Acceptance

Eventually, you’ll get that sense of excitement back, even if there is still fear. You can accept being away from your friends and family because technology makes staying in touch easier, and true friends stay in each other’s lives. Though it will take some time, you’ll create a new network of support. If you’re moving for a job, think about all the new challenges and experiences you’ll have to take on for a few months. These are opportunities for growth and professional development.

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