Divorce is a complicated time, and needing to move into a new home makes it even more so. In fact, both divorce and moving rank high on the list of most stressful life events, so it can feel like a real double whammy when you have to cope with both transitions at once. Luckily, there are things you can do to make moving during or after a divorce much less stressful. Here are five tips for moving into a new place after a divorce:
Hire Professional Movers
One of the best investments you can make during this stressful move is hiring professional movers. You have enough on your plate right now, and the last thing you need to do is try to move yourself. Hiring professional movers ensures your belongings are protected during the move and that your move will be as quick and efficient as possible so you can settle into your new home and begin your fresh start.
Hire a Packing Service
In addition to hiring professional movers, it's a good idea to pay for professional packing services. For some people, packing is the most overwhelming aspect of a move, so why not let a professional handle this task? When you get to your new home, all of your belongings will be neatly packed and organized by room, making getting set up in your new home a cinch.
Start Fresh in Your New Home
A powerful way to turn your divorce and move into a period of growth and opportunity is to see it as a fresh start, and your new home can be the symbol of that new start in many ways. Instead of worrying about your former spouse's preferences when it comes to decorating and furnishing your new home, you can do everything exactly how you want to.
If you have the budget, buy fresh bedding and towels, and consider replacing furniture and kitchenware as well. That way, your new home won't be full of reminders of your old life, but rather it will be a clean slate where you get to begin your next chapter. If you've always wanted to paint a room purple but your spouse always vetoed, now's the time to go for it.
Practice Good Self Care
Since both divorce and moving are stressful life events, it's important to take very good care of yourself during this time. Simple things like getting enough sleep, exercising a few days a week, and eating plenty of nutrient-rich foods like veggies and whole grains can all have a dramatic effect on how happy and energetic you feel. Look at this as a time when you need to give your own needs, health, and well-being a little extra love and attention.
If you find that you are coping with difficult emotions like anxiety, fear, grief, or anger, it can be beneficial to see a therapist. They will help you process the complex emotions associated with this major life change.
Get to Know Your New Neighborhood
Another way to make the most of your post-divorce move is to see it as an adventure and get to know your new neighborhood (or city) as though you are visiting on vacation. Before your move, spend time researching and make a list of restaurants, museums, hiking trails, etc., that you would like to explore once you move. This will help shift your mindset into seeing this transition in a more positive and hopeful light.
Moving after a divorce can be stressful, but, by following these tips, you will have a much easier moving experience, and you'll get to begin enjoying a fresh start in life.