Moving to a New Area – How to Feel at Home in Your New Environment

2017-03-30

Moving can be stressful – especially if you are relocating to a new neighbourhood or city. Even when the move represents a positive change, it can take time to get established and feel comfortable in a new environment.

Here are six tips to help you feel at home in your new place, before you even move:

1. Research the New Locale. Moving to a new area can feel stressful – you are entering something relatively unknown. You might be wondering how you will be able to adapt, or if you will like the neighbourhood, or where you will be able to get your morning cup of coffee. One of the best ways to put your mind at ease before the moving process is to do as much research as possible. Go online and research the nearest parks, grocery stores, cafes, etc., look up the best gym, what community groups are in the area, and even read up on the history of the town. Getting familiar before you move will help you ease into your new environment.

2. Think Positive! A move signifies a big change; and with change we often experience mixed emotions. We might feel stressed about whether we are making the right decision, or feel overwhelmed by the amount of work ahead – perhaps we feel a bit of regret because we miss something about our old home. Moving is also a very positive thing – it represents new beginnings and excitement – a fresh start. Keeping this in mind will help you overcome any negative feelings you may experience.

3. Get a Helping Hand. Moving is a lot of work, and there is no getting around it. Having family and friends there to help you through the process will lessen your load and help relieve some stress. Make sure to call on friends and family after you move too, a new place can feel lonely and having visitors makes the transition a bit easier.

4. Make Connections. It is common to feel like an outsider in a new a place. Make as many connections as you can – as soon as you can. You may even have an opportunity to meet people before you actually move. You can find your new doctor or dentist, pick out a new cycling club, take a photography workshop, or join a volunteer group. By getting involved, you will familiarize yourself with the landscape and people of the town.

5. Make it Your Home. You may have lived in your previous home for decades, so a new home can feel like foreign territory. Once you are settled in, make the effort to hang up your favourite photos and artwork. Personalized touches will make your home feel like it is yours right away.

6. Establish a Routine. To help you feel settled in a new place, start a comforting routine to familiarize yourself with the area. You can choose a trail to walk the dog every morning, pick a coffee shop to stop at before work, or even begin a new gym routine to help structure your day and serve as a way to meet new friends.

Are you looking to move? Do you have any questions, or would you like some advice about moving? Feel free to call me at 416.921.1112 – I would be happy to help!


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