You scheduled your move next weekend. This was something you prepared for – all of your items were already in different boxes with specific labels, you made sure everything in your moving checklist was ticked, and you also contacted long-distance moving professionals to help you out. And while everything you could need for the move was prepared, there’s still one thing you haven’t figured out yet – since this will be a very long distance move, you’re having a hard time thinking how you could possibly be healthy during the move. This move will take days (and even weeks if there are delays), so you fear that the healthy lifestyle you have at home might be disrupted.
Moving from one place to another is tough, especially when it’s done long distance. During this time, you need all of your strength – and you can’t do that when you’re unhealthy. To ensure that you can stay healthy while long-distance moving, consider the tips below:
- Try some de-stressing techniques: It’s normal to be stressed before, during and after the move. For one, you don’t know what will happen along the way and what to expect when you arrive in the new location. To make sure that these factors won’t get the best of you, try these de-stressing techniques:
- Make time for exercising: Regardless if it’s walking, jogging or yoga, always find time to exercise within the week. When you’re physically active, it’ll be easier for you to lift objects or move around during the move.
- Breathing: When you feel like you’re already in the peak of your emotions, remember to breathe. Don’t get too affected when things don’t go according to plan. Instead, breath, let it go and continue with the move.
- Treating yourself: If you have the chance, treat yourself once in a while during the move. This can be as simple as eating your favorite ice cream flavor, meeting with friends for lunch or taking a hot bath. Doing any of these can make you feel recharged to continue with the move.
- Listen to music while packing and moving: Music can be a very good stress management tool. Studies have shown that music can decrease stress hormones and slow heart rates. So when you’re stressed during the move, plug in your headphones or turn up your speakers and listen to your favorite tunes. You can even dance along to your favorite tunes while lifting boxes. This will help you have a good mood all throughout the move!
- Enlist someone to watch your children: While it can be tempting, juggling time between the move and looking after your children is never a good idea. This can be very stressful. You’ll end up compromising one of these as you can never do both at the same time. One solution to this problem is by having your friends or family take care of your children during the move. You send your children to your friend’s home and let them stay there until the move is finished. In this way, you’ll be able to focus on the move and get things done faster.
- Have the professionals work for you: Sure, you might have professionals help you during the move but are you actually allowing them to work? Some homeowners are very keen with the people they’re working with that they get to the point of “being in the way”. Make sure that you don’t do this. This will only add to the stress. Let the professionals do their job.
- Schedule a check-up before the move: Before the move, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Inform him of your plans to move and take note if they are any recommendations for your medicines. If he requires certain medicines for your allergies for example, make sure you have enough supply of this for the move. If needed, also ask for recommendations on doctors in the new location.
- Do your research: Before the move, take the time to do your own research about the new location. Know where to buy groceries, medicines and other important places. Also determine if there is a difference with the prices compared to where you’re living. This information will make you feel more calm and relaxed since you know where to get items which you need. It’ll also help you prepare financially.
- Stock food: The move will require your focus and strength. And if you don’t eat right, it’ll be tough for you to be healthy enough for the move. Always stock healthy foods in your home days before the move. When you have enough supply of food at home, you’ll never have to run to your grocery store in the middle of the move. You’ll be able to pour your time and attention in completing the move.
The same is also true when you’re on the road. When you’re unfamiliar with the location where you’re moving, it’s best that you prepare healthy meals for yourself. This will guarantee that regardless of wherever you are, you’ll still have something to eat.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: About 60% of the human body is made of water. Water serves as a fuel for all of your body organs to function well. And since you’ll be exerting effort for the move, you should make sure that you’re well hydrated. When you’re tired from carrying items for the move, drink plenty of water. This will keep you feeling refreshed while giving you the energy needed for the move.
- Leave enough time for the move: Yes, you might have a set move-out date, but this doesn’t mean that you should do everything in one day only. If you have a family member or a friend who has extra space, consider moving out a week before the move-out date. Making slow preparations for the move will decrease your stress levels.
The Bottom Line
Regardless of what you’re doing, you should always put your health first. When you’re healthy, you can perform better. You’ll be happier, and you’ll be less stressed. And all of these things are also very useful when you’re moving. You don’t want to be frustrated once you meet emergencies during the move, right? Keep in mind the things presented in this article, and for sure, your long distance move will be as smooth as possible – all thanks because you were healthy!
Michael Richards is a professional long distance mover and has been in the industry for over 15 years. In his field of industry, he's experienced a lot and see a lot of country. He now uses that experience in the blogs he writes for My Long Distance Movers and other companies. In his spare time, he just likes to chill with his family and friends.