5 Ways to Beat the Stress of Moving

Welcome to day 3 of my 10 day series on Surviving a Cross-Country Move.
Today I’m sharing 5 Ways to Beat the Stress of Moving.  Moving doesn’t have to be stressful, even if everyone says that it is!  Moving is a big job, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle.
Bob and I decided at the very beginning of this adventure that we were going to make it as fun as possible.  This was a move we were pursuing, it was our dream to live in Florida.  This wasn’t drudgery so we weren’t going to treat it as such.  That positive attitude really paid off.

1.  Pray – We don’t make major life decisions, or any decisions really, without lots of prayer.  Before, during, and after our move, prayer has been our constant companion.

2.  Exercise – If you’ve read this blog for any length of time you know I’m a big believer in exercise!  It does so much good for our bodies, our brains and really helps to keep stress levels low.  Do not let this important part of your day go by the wayside while moving.  Your body will thank you and so will those around you!  It was easy to stick with out current workout program T25 – only 25 minutes per day and minimal weights necessary.

3.  Take a Break – Sometimes enough is enough and you just need a break.  Go do something fun and get away from the boxes and the mess.  I know we are often driven to get everything done as soon as possible {yours truly included}, but sometimes the most productive thing we can do is get away from it all for a bit, have some laughs, get out some pent up energy and we come back to the task more focused than before.

4.  Adjust Expectations – Expect everyone to be out of sorts.  Changes in sleep schedules, eating habits, living out a suitcase causes people to not always be on their best behavior.  Realize that up front and let some things go.  Expect the unexpected and roll with the punches.  Everyone will be much happier.

5.  Sleep – Don’t run yourself down with lack of sleep.  Lack of sleep leads to less patience and a lowered immunity.  No one wants to be sick during a big move.  Start packing/prepping early and don’t make late night packing a habit.

My whole series on surviving a cross-country move.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Autumn 2013 Hopscotch


  1. James Harrison says

    To make your move easy & stress free by doing any adventure or interesting thing. So, that you & your family will enjoy that moving time.

  2. Lori_KeepingItSimple says

    Great series!! Patty’s post had me in tears! I can’t wait to follow your new adventures in your new home. It’s going to be great. :)

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