How to Deal With Moving Anxiety? Handling Homesickness

Written by: Ankita Kathad – MA (Psychology)

Last updated date : December 22, 2022

They say home is where the heart is! Our heart is mostly where we grow up. We spend so much of our lives in our homes. However, as we grow up, we need to move out. College, career or marriage can lead to moving out. Moving out can cause a lot of stress. Physical and emotional. We are not just leaving behind our homes when we move out but we are saying goodbye to our memories of the house. In this article, we try to understand how to deal with moving anxiety. We learn how to deal with the stress of moving away from home.

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Chapter 1:

What Is Moving Anxiety?

Moving away from home means different emotions for all of us. It can be exciting. It can also be very stressful. Moving to a new place, a new state or a new country can feel like a dream come true but it means that there will be a lot of change in life. This stress is called moving anxiety. We are not just moving away from home but most likely moving away from people we love. This can cause a mix of emotions. Let’s see what causes moving anxiety:
  • Transition: Moving brings a lot of changes. Firstly, we have to face a change of place and people. Secondly, the weather may change. We have to deal with a new locality and make ourselves comfortable in it. Change can bring stress.
  • Finances: When we move to a different place, we can notice financial changes. We will have to spend money on the travel, the new house and utilities. Money can be big trouble for young people who have recently moved away from their parents. Moreover living in a new city can be costly.
  • People: We will have to say goodbye to our loved ones. It can be stressful to not have them around. We may have to bye to our best friends. It can cause loneliness. Making friends with new people can be scary. Additionally, we may end up feeling lonely in a new place.

Chapter 2:

What Does the Stress of Moving Away from Home Feel Like?

If we are facing moving away from anxiety, we can go through a range of emotions. We will feel like delaying the process of moving away. We may get over-emotional at the thought of going away. Here are some symptoms of moving stress.
  • We will feel upset when someone mentions moving out.
  • We will not be able to relax.
  • It can lead to sadness and withdrawal from loved ones. We will want to avoid them.
  • We will delay important tasks such as packing for the new journey.
  • Some people can have physical symptoms such as a knot in the stomach.
  • Additionally, people can have chest pain, vomiting, headache or crying spells.
  • Some people will not be able to focus clearly.
  • We can become forgetful and keep worrying.

Chapter 3:

How to Deal With Moving Anxiety?

When we move out or away from home, we enter an unknown world. This can be scary. This can make us feel sad. However, it is a common feeling to be scared. It is only a problem if the stress stops us from moving out. If the stress stops us from going out in the new place, it is a problem. If you keep thinking about old friends or old places, you will not be able to make new friends. Moreover, you won’t be able to explore new places.

Here are some steps to deal with moving anxiety:

  • Acceptance: Moving out is less stressful we accept that we all have to go away for our growth. Moving out only makes us more flexible. It teaches us many things. Firstly, it teaches us to be independent. Secondly, we get an experience of living in a new place. Our life will be boring without variety.
  • Make a checklist: Make plans and to-do lists. Break big tasks into small ones. Do not keep things for the last minute. It will create more stress. Label those boxes, make a list of essentials and make those important payments.
  • Research: Do proper research about the new place. You can look for good rooms to stay in. Find places for essentials such as groceries, medicines and schools. More so, you can look for places to roam in the new place.
  • Get help: If you feel everything is stressful, get help. Professional movers and packers can help. You can ask family members and friends for help too. Additionally, you can pre-book a cab or drop service to prevent last-minute delays.
  • Goodbyes: Say goodbyes to friends and family. Spend time with them. Cherish old memories and take some souvenirs. Revisit favourite places and take good memories with you.

Chapter 4:

How to Deal With Moving Anxiety When Moving Out with Family

  • Involvement: Get the family involved. Assign tasks. It is fun to have children help with small tasks. This way they are also learning. Show everyone the new place. Share your research with them. Moreover, you can also ask them to do some research. They can help in choosing the furniture or wall paint.
  • Time: You should give time to the family to adjust to this reality. Give them time to say goodbye to their friends and favourite places. Moreover, give them enough time to pack and prepare.

Chapter 5:

How to Handle the Stress of Moving Away from Home

Now that you have moved into this new place, the first few days are filled with excitement. You love the new beginnings. Most of the time is spent on settling in. You decorate the walls. Set the frames and stock in the grocery. Slowly homesickness creeps in. You miss the old times. Firstly, you realise that you are spending a lot of time on new things like cooking and cleaning. Secondly, you are missing the warmth of your friends and family. Here are some tips to overcome the stress of moving away from home. Since you’ve learnt how to deal with moving anxiety, here is how you can deal with homesickness.
  • Bring something from home: Bring an object which keeps you connected to your home or the people. It can be a frame, a kitchen utility or a memory.
  • Talk it out: You can call your friends or family. Moreover, you can also keep a photo album of them. Keep in touch with them.
  • Acknowledge: You can address that you are missing your family and home. There is no need to hide it or bury it. Be open about how you feel. Additionally, ask your children and partner about how they feel.
  • Try new things: The first step of getting to know a new place is to go out and explore. Additionally, you can check out any local events that take place. More so, you can talk to the neighbours and learn about new things.
  • Visit your old home: If it is possible, visit your friends and family during the holidays and spend time with them.

Any kind of change is often stressful. At Epsychonline, there are courses and articles that help you cope with change in a healthy way. You can check them out.

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