Are you finding the countdown to moving day more stressful than you thought you would? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Moving house is often cited as one of the most stressful things we experience in life; a recent survey by energy company E.ON revealed that people find moving house more stressful than starting a new job, or even getting divorced. It can be difficult for the little ones too. But moving house doesn’t have to fill you and the kids with despair, and there are plenty of ways to manage the clear strain it puts on us. Just remember: it will all be worth it in the end!

Break up the move with other activities

You need to find a way to separate the move and your own personal downtime. I know it can seem hard enough to find free time as it is—some days it can seem like you put the kids to bed and that’s your day over! But being able to fit in some ‘you time’ is even more important when you’re moving house. Although you will inevitably have to dedicate most of your time to organising the move, never being able to escape it will simply encourage your brain to let the process consume you, making it more overwhelming and leading to increased stress.

Instead, make sure you give yourself respite by undertaking activities that allow you to switch off from the move, and as much as you love them, the kids. Make time to meet up with friends, go shopping or head to the gym. In fact, exercise can also help your wellbeing by reducing stress, so you could consider signing up during this time by way of letting off steam. Get that blood pumping!

It is also important that you look after yourself in other ways and that you don’t neglect your health. Even though you will be busy, take time to eat healthy food. Good nutrition is imperative for our mental health and unhealthy, fatty foods can leave us feeling more groggy. You can even get the little ones involved for a fun family activity. Bon appetit! You should instead ensure that you are getting enough sleep; it is inadvisable to stay up all night trying to organise things. Being tired will simply leave you feeling irritable and further add to your stress levels.

Allow yourself plenty of time

Another great way to reduce stress when it comes to moving house is to give yourself as much time as possible to get everything organised. With possessions to sort, packing to do and a removal company to book, it can seem like you have a mountain to climb. But you don’t, and you’ll be able to get through this. With this in mind, get prepared well in advance so that you aren’t rushing around at the last minute. In a list of tips for making moving house easier, removal company AnyVan note that preparing for your move a good 4-8 weeks in advance should be enough to make sure you have everything sorted in time. And as always in life, keep a list of everything you need to do! This will help you stay on top of things.

Feeling like you are racing against the clock will only increase your stress levels. Rather than fit everything into your limited time at evenings or over weekends, book leave off work for a day or two so you can plan your move on your own terms.

It’s OK to feel stressed and to ask others for help

You need to remember that it is normal to feel overwhelmed when moving house. Accept that sleepless nights and worrying are part of the process. Don’t take on all of the responsibility yourself. Ask family members or friends to help you out, even for something as small as getting them to look after the kids for a few hours. Likewise, don’t feel bad if someone offers you help—it’s not an insult to your own organising abilities. You’re doing just fine.

It is crucial that you do as much as you can to minimise your stress levels with the inevitable strain that moving house puts on you, and following these pieces of advice will help you manage the anxiety that comes with the process. You’ll be sat with your feet up in your new home in no time.

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