There are many reasons for moving to a new city, whether it be for a job, university, to move in with a partner, or just because you fancy a change of scenery. Whatever the reason, even if it’s positive, relocating to a new city or town can be really stressful and present new challenges. Finding your way around may seem daunting, you may be worried about making new friends, keeping in touch with old ones, finding a new GP or dentist, school for your children. You may even have second thoughts and question whether you made the right decision.
Here are some of our top tips for navigating a move to a new city:
- Do your research
Before you move to a new place, take the time to learn about what will be your new home. Go on google maps and walk the area virtually, identify your nearest supermarket, cafes or shops you may enjoy. If you know people in the area, ask them for recommendations for places you should visit.
- Keep in touch with family and friends
If your previous home town/city is where a lot of your loved ones live, be sure to stay in contact. If you’re feeling sad or worried about the relocation, tell them how you feel. It can also help to plan video chats, phone calls and visits.
- Try to make new friends
If you’re moving for work, you may find that your new colleagues become good friends. You can also do things like register for classes, clubs, or join a local community centre to meet new people. Social media often has groups for people who are looking for new friends in your area, so it’s worth checking those out too.
- Establish a routine
When you’re in a completely new environment, it can be helpful and reassuring to establish a routine. This could simply be taking a walk around your new area every morning, or taking classes at a local gym.
- Make your new place feel like home
Ensure that your new home has your personal touches to it, and things that make you feel happy. Why not put some photos up of your loved ones, or put some of your favourite books where you can see them. Even little things like this can help make the transition a happier one.
Relocating can be really difficult for many people, and it can take some time to adjust. If you’re planning a move, or have just made the jump, get in touch with Dalton Wise and we will work with you to navigate the transition.
Check out our blog on how life transitions can impact mental health HERE