There are plenty of reasons why people move. Maybe you want a nicer house. Maybe you need to be closer to your job. Maybe you want to be closer to family. While most can identify their specific reasons for moving, many chose to focus only on the physical nature of the move. This means they are missing a great opportunity to use this major life transition as a time of renewal, a fresh start. You can piggyback off this life shift and make some lifestyle changes that will benefit you for years to come. Ocean Vista Counseling shows you how to do just that with these tips.
Surround yourself with positivity
There is never a bad time to rid yourself of the various toxic relationships in your life – whether they be romantic, friendships, or family-based. The fresh start that comes with moving presents a strong case, however – both tangible and symbolically.
Getting out of a toxic relationship is easier said than done, as many of us know. But moving could provide help in one of the major steps – creating distance and a barrier between you and the person/people you’re attempting to break free from.
“Strive for no contact. Most highly toxic partners have softer sides and this can hold strong allure. If you are feeling vulnerable, you will likely be at risk to go back to your toxic [relationship] if you reengage contact with him or her,” notes Psychology Today.
For more on ending toxic friendships, check out this article from CBS News.
Declutter your life
Moving is the perfect time to declutter, downsize, or minimize your stuff. We all accumulate a lot of stuff as the years go by, and excess clutter is known to cause stress and anxiety in many people. Hoarding and being unwilling to make decisions about which possessions to keep and which to get rid of is a bad habit. Take the move as a catalyst for ridding yourself of it.
The first step to decluttering your life is to be methodical about it. Go from room to room, closet to closet and make the keep/toss decision for every single item. Finish one room completely before moving on to the next.
You should set rules for yourself. Some examples: If I haven’t worn it in a year, I will donate it. If I haven’t used it in six months, i will get rid of it. If it’s at all damaged or non-functioning, I will get rid of it instead of telling myself I will eventually get it fixed.
Ask yourself some basic questions like what would I save if my house caught on fire? Make a list off the top of your head (no cheating!) of all of your most-prized possessions. If it’s not on this list, you probably don’t need it.
Break the habit of bad eating
Besides a few condiments and pantry staples, there’s no reason you should pack up any food items when you move. Why not? Well, if you have unhealthy eating habits then moving provides the perfect backdrop for making a big change to your diet. Not only can you start fresh and stock your new home or apartment with healthy, nutritious food, but you can also go through and organize your kitchen equipment to make cooking at home that much more attractive.
Think about starting a business
Do you dream of being the boss? Why aren’t you? Even in the midst of making a move, starting your own business isn’t as complicated as you might think. You need a great idea, and that’s the toughest part. If you have one brewing, that’s perfect! If not, explore trending businesses and find something that fits your interests.
After that, you need to decide on a business name and structure, then register with your state. The latter sounds like a speed bump, but it’s actually quick and easy if you go through an online service like Zen Business. Explore different structures; for instance, an LLC is a limited liability company, and it offers benefits like asset protection and tax perks. Then pick out what sounds right for you and make it official. With that accomplished, you can focus on getting your first customer!
Some may say you shouldn’t make too many big changes all at once, but there is a time and place for doing just that. Periods of transition allow us to rethink every aspect of our lives and make conscious decisions to replace bad habits with good ones.
For professional guidance with adjusting to big life changes, connect with Ocean Vista Counseling at 386-449-8600.
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