So you’re thinking about moving, huh?
It’s the start of a new year, and with it comes people making several different resolutions that cover all types of life changes.
The reality is that most resolutions fail. It’s thought that maybe as many as 80% of resolutions fail.
Let’s take a look at one significant change you may take, moving away from your current home.
Moving can be an exciting experience, especially in light of everything going on right now. In fact, over 15 million American’s chose to move during 2020, and most respondents mentioned some degree of the COVID pandemic as part of their motivation.
Moving from the city to the country, upgrading from a small home to a larger one, especially with a yard, moving due to job loss, and renting away from large metropolitan areas, are some of the driving factors for the recent momentum of moving.
Make A Detailed Moving Plan
Moving a few blocks away is a much different experience than packing everything and moving a state or more away.
Either way, creating a detailed plan of how you will get everything packed, shipped, and unpacked is something that most people forget to do. It’s even more vital that you have a checklist of what gets packed, what you sell or donate, and what items are in what boxes will save you a ton of time once you arrive at your new place.
Create A Dedicated Work Space
When you relocate, it’s easy to get distracted, and your work may suffer as a result. As you plan to move, especially if you work from home, it’s essential to design a dedicated workspace and learning space for any children taking remote lessons.
Besides your bedroom, a dedicated workspace should be on top of your priority list of things to accomplish before the whole house is unpacked and settled.
Get More Exercise
When you relocate, it’s crucial to maintain your overall health. In addition to being disorganized in packing, people also tend to give up on maintaining their overall health. If you’re relocating, especially to a warmer climate like in the south, you have an abundance of riches when it comes to outdoor exercise opportunities.
Even though you have a whole house to unpack, and whether you’re juggling school/work with unpacking or have a few days off to focus on getting it all done, you should prioritize some of your unpacking time for exercise of any type.
One tip is to utilize your moving time to run, hike, or explore your new surroundings and “stretch your legs out.” By exercising right after you relocate, you establish a schedule for your brain, you get an opportunity to maintain your health, and think about all the incredible adventures discovering your new home!
Don’t Forget Your Diet
We don’t mean dieting to lose weight. We mean place your focus on taking care of what you eat and drink.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with any move, and the tendency of getting fast food or takeout is very tempting. Especially in the south, getting delicious takeout is almost a tradition, but it’s essential to establish a routine to your eating habits before the relocation.
Trust me, there’s plenty of time to discover all the deliciousness of southern cooking and hospitality, but take care of maintaining your nutritional health first.
Check Your Health With Regular Screenings
One last area to focus on during your pre-and-post relocation is to get any critical wellness and health checks before the move.
The reason for this is that unless you’ve already mapped out all the essential things like your banking and medical health, you don’t want to be left wondering once you arrive.
The earliest a disease is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated, and the likelihood of a positive outcome increases, the sooner there is a diagnosis.
Screenings are a good test to find health problems from disease before any symptoms appear. Mammograms for breast cancer and colonoscopies for colon cancers are good examples of testing to discover disease before apparent symptoms occur.
Especially if you have plans to relocate and move, you should get some health screenings done by your primary care physician. It would be best to get screened for certain cancers, such as getting some HPV testing for the virus that can lead to cervical and other cancers.
If you plan to move to the south for the outdoors, the culture, and the tradition, it’s essential to create a detailed list of what you need to do and prioritize before your move. Just don’t forget to focus on your health in the process.