Moving to a new home, a dorm or changing jobs is an exciting but challenging experience that often comes with a considerable amount of stress. Whether you’re relocating to a different city or just moving across town, the process can be overwhelming and emotionally taxing. As LifeCatalyst Therapy and Coaching makes the move to our new home in Madison,  a mere 8-minutes away, I find my own stress rising at moments.  In this blog post I will share some of my go-to strategies that can help you manage stress during the moving process, allowing you to navigate the transition with greater ease and hopefully more peace of mind.

  • Recognize and challenge negative thoughts:

During a move, it’s common for negative thoughts and self-doubt to arise. These thoughts can lead to increased stress levels and hinder your ability to cope effectively. By practicing cognitive-behavioral strategies such as cognitive restructuring, you can challenge and reframe these negative thoughts. Identify irrational beliefs or catastrophic thinking patterns, and replace them with more realistic and positive alternatives. For example, instead of thinking, “I’ll never have everything ready in time,” replace it with “It doesn’t have to be perfect. You will have the essentials done.”

  • Break down tasks into manageable chunks:

Moving involves numerous tasks that can quickly become overwhelming. To avoid feeling buried under an avalanche of responsibilities, break down the process into smaller, manageable tasks. Create a to-do list and prioritize your tasks based on urgency and importance. Focus on completing one task at a time, celebrating each accomplishment along the way. This approach helps prevent feeling overwhelmed and allows you to maintain a sense of control.

  • Practice relaxation techniques:

When stress levels rise, it’s essential to find ways to relax and unwind. Engaging in relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness meditation, can help alleviate stress and promote a sense of calm. Set aside a few minutes each day to practice these techniques and recharge your mental and emotional batteries. This will enable you to approach the moving process with a clearer and more focused mindset.

  • Seek social support:

Moving can be physically and emotionally demanding, but you don’t have to face it alone. Reach out to friends, family, or neighbors for support. Share your concerns, worries, and even your excitement with them. Their understanding and encouragement can provide a valuable sense of comfort during this transitional period. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sharing your journey with others can foster a sense of belonging and reduce feelings of isolation.

  • Maintain self-care routines:

Amidst the chaos of moving, it’s crucial not to neglect your self-care routines. Continue engaging in activities that promote your physical and mental well-being. Prioritize regular exercise, adequate sleep, healthy eating, and activities you enjoy. By taking care of yourself, you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges and stressors that come with moving.

  • Focus on the positive aspects:

While moving can be stressful, it’s important to remember the positive aspects of the experience. Embrace the opportunity for personal growth, new experiences, and a fresh start. Maintain an optimistic mindset and reframe the move as an exciting adventure rather than a burdensome task. By shifting your perspective, you can approach the process with enthusiasm, reducing stress levels along the way.


Moving is undoubtedly a significant life event that can generate stress and anxiety. However, by incorporating cognitive behavioral strategies and healthy self-care activities into your coping repertoire, you can effectively manage these challenges. Recognize and challenge negative thoughts, break down tasks, practice relaxation techniques, seek social support, maintain self-care routines, and focus on the positive aspects of the move. Remember, each step you take toward managing stress during this transition will contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable moving experience. If these strategies are not helping, please reach out to one of our therapists to customize your moving or stress management plan!

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