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How to Overcome Relocation Depression?

Monday, October 2, 2023
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Change is healthy, moving is a normal part of life, but a big change may lead to relocation depression. And, what is bigger than moving to a new city/ country or town? For most people, it is a very big deal. Therefore, it is not surprising that you may get relocation depression after your move. However, there are ways to overcome depression after relocating in healthy ways. Get over these moving blues with these handy tips. However, speak to a professional at all times since they have better advice on how to handle any type of depression.

Relocation Depression Symptoms

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The first way to handle relocation depression is by knowing what it is. Relocation depression is an informal diagnosis when moving to a new city, house, or country. It is fairly common for people to feel depressed after moving to a new city or a new country since everything is different from what they are used to. Plus, a lot of the time their social connections have been broken due to the move. People can also get depressed after moving into a new house since it is still unfamiliar to them. It comes across as a house still instead of a home. 

Relocation depression symptoms have a lot in common with depression such as the feeling of emptiness and loneliness. Other tales to look out for are: 

  • Struggling to keep focus and concentration
  • Increase or decrease in appetite and eating habits
  • Feeling numb, sad, or a sense of hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, and/ or socializing
  • Irregular sleeping patterns such as sleeping too little or too much
  • Feeling physical pain
  • Second-guessing your decisions to move in the first place
  • Becoming more agitated, and angry

"So, how long does relocation depression last?" you may be asking, well it depends on person to person. It could last for two weeks to 6 months. However, if you are displacing symptoms of depression and not merely relocating depression it would be best to speak to a professional. Even if you are not sure, it would not hurt to talk to someone. Even if it is only for relocation depression. But, if the symptoms stay for over 6 months then this may fall into clinical depression. Therefore, getting help is strongly advised.  

How to Deal with Relocation Depression

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Here are a few pointers to help you deal with relocation depression or to start prepping for it if you know it is coming. The first thing you would want to do is to get used to your new area. You can see how tourists see the area or you can try to explore as a local. Be safe and keep your mind open to what your new home has to offer. 

Plus, you can also send your family back home pictures of your new place. This can help them get excited which in turn can feed into you. 

Another tip is to make your new home feel more like home and help you overcome feeling down. To do this you would want to unpack as quickly as possible. This is to avoid the mess, and clutter which can make you feel down and decrease your productivity. When you unpack you will get a better sense of feeling at home. And, you can decorate your new home just as you want it to be. Put a few items that are important to you around the house even if they do not yet fit the interior design. 

 You can also try:

  • Lighting incense or candles for a sense of calmness
  • Have photos of your friends and family around the house
  • Change up the space to better reflect you such as the bedding, curtains, blankets, etc.
  • Find a spot that you can relax in that feels like you

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Importance of Self-Care and Meeting New People

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When you are feeling down, particularly after relocating, it can be difficult to look after yourself. But, you would have to make an effort to do so. You would want to make sure that you: 

  • Eat three healthy meals a day
  • Bath or shower daily (this can make you feel refreshed)
  • Do some light exercise like a swim, or walk, or if you are really into working out join a gym or a sports club (this can help with meeting new people and making friends)
  • Do your hobbies
  • Write down your thoughts and feelings (negative and positive ones)
  • Listen to music or read a book

Also, to avoid relocation depression you would want to make an effort to go out and meet new people. This can help you expand your social circle as well as lead to friendships. If you are working, be part of the after-work drinks. Or join a club of your interest with like-minded people. You can also search online for international social gatherings or check your embassy if they are hosting events if you are living in a new country. You can even check embassies that speak the same language as you. So if you are an American you can check out what the Brits are up to. However, make sure you stay safe and meet new people in public settings. 

Relocation depression can be conquered by putting in effort to get used to your new home, and place, and by meeting new people. It will take time, and allow yourself that time to fight it. There is no hurry and these tips are only some of the guidelines to help you out. There are a lot more online. But, if you want to speak to a professional then you should since they can help you out a lot more with relocation depression than a mere blog. Keep at it and you will be fine. 

Handle the Move with Shyft’s Help

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Overcoming relocation depression is not an easy task most of the time. But, what can be an easy task is the moving experience if you work with Shyft. Shyft is the world's first tech moving platform that organizes your move for you. This means that we help find you a moving company to work with, help keep you on track during your moving process, and more.  

You can learn more about what we do through our website. Plus, you can also contact us by filling out the short form. This will let us know when to give you a call at the time that you want. We will not call earlier or later, but right on the dot. You will need to download our secure and free mobile app called Shyft Next. The Shyft Next app works on Android devices as well as iPhones. Likewise, you can just download our app and get in touch with us through there. 

We will call you through the Shyft Next app for a video chat. Here you will see and meet your real-life Move Coach. They are there to guide you through our Shyft moving process, answer your questions, and even give you some moving-related advice. And, it is during this call that we will create your inventory list right there and then. All you have to do is give your Move Coach a virtual tour of your current residence, and we will do the rest. Therefore, you will be saving time since you will not have to schedule another person-to-person appointment for us to make your inventory list. 

The call as a whole will take between half an hour and an hour depending on the size of your current home. When this initial meeting is over, you can expect to receive your inventory list within half an hour. This list is already 95% accurate and you get the chance to make it 100% accurate. With the Shyft Next app, you can remove items, add others, and even leave notes that you think are beneficial for the moving company to know. While we are on this subject... 

Finding the Right Moving Company

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When you are happy with your 100% inventory list, you send it to us, and we will go on to the next step in our process. We will present this 100% inventory list and only your moving details (no personal information) to our safe move board. It is here that we will collect three or more moving quotes. Each quote is from a different moving company. And, all the quotes are fixed. What you see is what you will pay even if your moving inventory list were to change. There are no hidden costs.  

Plus, all the moving companies are verified by Shyft, have their papers in order, and have experience in local moves or even international ones depending on where you are moving to. You will get the quotes that we have collected as well as what services the moving companies can offer you. Through the Shyft Next app, you can compare the prices and services. When you decide which mover you want to work with, you let us know and we will lock them down right away for you. 

Online Marketplace for Less Stress

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Not only can Shyft help you find a moving company as well as organize your move for you, but we also have other services that could be of use to you. We have our own online marketplace called Home & Lifestyle Marketplace where you can buy a range of products to be delivered directly to your new address that you are moving to. Furthermore, there are also services from mortgages and storage to more. All the items and services on our secure marketplace come with discounts. Therefore, you can save money while shopping online, save yourself some time, and avoid stress and rush. 

What is more, is that we also offer corporate relocation. This is our secure Shyft Card. It is a platform that lets you, as the employers, directly transfer relocation funds to your employees who are in the process of moving for work. Furthermore, you can keep track of how the funds are going as well as top up if or when need be. Book a demo to learn more about employee benefits.

And, we are on call to you throughout the moving process where you can get a hold of us seven days a week. This is whenever you have concerns, want to check in, or ask questions. Working with us will allow you to save money and time. So get your Shyft moving experience started today for a stress-less moving experience and make your relocation depression a bit less. 

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