You finished the packing and the moving process is well on its way. If you've hired a full-service or self-service moving company, you're possessions are being transported safely by a professional driver. What do you need to do now?
Keep the Lines of Communication Open
If a company is transporting your valuable possessions, you need to keep the lines of communication open. If you feel the need, call the moving company and ask about the location of the truck that has your possessions. Keeping in contact with the company will also help you have a better estimate of the drop off time.
Stress and the Open Road
Moving is associated with stress. As you move from location "A" to location "B," whether it is across town or across the country, chances are you're experiencing some type of anxiety. It's in your best interest to reduce your stress or at least learn how to manage it before you reach your new destination and begin unpacking.
- Take time for yourself. While you're driving to your new destination, when you take a driving break, do more than merely stretch your legs. Walk for at least 10 minutes. Not only will it help with the circulation, but it will also help you clear your mind.
- Know when to laugh. Humor really is the best medicine. Laughing reduces stress hormones like adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol. You should never allow yourself to get so stressed that you forget to laugh.
- Watch what you eat. Just because you're stuck in your car driving to a new location it doesn't automatically mean you have an easy pass to only eat junk food. Make healthy decisions about your snacks and if it's easier to use the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant, think carefully about the selection you make. Poor food choices can make you feel sluggish and may increase your feeling of anxiety.
- Turn up the radio. Listening to your favorite music is a great method of reducing stress and relieving anxiety. Pay attention to how you feel when you hear a particular song or genre of music, and keep listening to the ones that make you feel relaxed.
- Strive for enough sleep. Getting enough sound sleep has a profound impact on your stress levels, immune function and disease resistance. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Remember rest and relaxation go hand in hand.
- Recognize the power of a long-hot bath. Relaxing in a hot bath relieves sore muscles and joints (especially after a long day of driving), reduces stress and tension, and promotes a good night's sleep. Add some soothing music, soft lighting and scented bubble bath/bath foam to create an inexpensive and convenient spa experience.