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5 Tips to Maintain Your Mental Health During a Move (or any times of change)

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We all know that transition periods are stressful. Not only are there usually many logistics to coordinate, but it’s also a time of emotional upheaval and remaining in a state of in-between. It’s easy to deprioritize your mental health during these seasons of change, especially when your days are busy, but there are a few ways to help maintain your mental health that are easier than you might think.

1. Get moving, even if it’s for a 10 minute walk.

Everyone has the tendency to think that daily physical activity means committing to an hour-long workout routine multiple times a week, but even a brisk walk for 10 minutes can help support our mental clarity, mood, and other bodily functions.

2. Prioritize quality sleep.

When our bodies are in a state of stress, we need even more time to recover– and quality sleep is when our mind rests and restores. We all know how poor sleep can affect our energy and mood, so prioritizing quality sleep with supports like avoiding screentime a couple hours before bed, creating a dark and cool environment, and winding down properly with calming activities (like reading), can all help support your mental health.

3. Outsource what you can, don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Especially if you lean towards being independent and wanting to get everything done yourself, using your time wisely and choosing your battles can make a huge difference in your stress levels. Events like moving are stressful enough, but hiring a trustworthy company like Roadway (especially since they have options to help you pack, store your belongings, and more) can alleviate a lot of stress around the unknowns of moving.

4. Stay organized and use the tools you have.

There are so many little things to remember during a move or transition period, and it’s a lot to ask your brain to retain all that information! Utilize all the tech tools we have nowadays: pop reminders into your phone, set calendar reminders, and learn how to make effective to-do lists. The more you’re able to unload your brain with things you don’t want to forget, the more mental energy you have towards being present and capable.

5. Do something new and change your environment.

It might seem counterintuitive when you feel so busy, but introducing novelty (even in little ways, like driving a different route home) into your day-to-day is proven to activate the dopamine system, enhancing mood, positive outlook, motivation, and goal-setting; all great things you want on your side during times of stress and change.

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