Moving tips NYC
July 29, 2022

Mental health and moving

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Moving takes a toll on every person who’s responsible for the ins and out’s of the moving process. With that said, it can cause mental health issues, especially when moving because of a divorce, death, or broken relationship. It is hard enough to be going through any heartbreak. Adding moving to that will undoubtedly cause some mental health problems. Mental health and moving are important to talk about.

Moving can cause mental health issues
Moving can cause mental health issues

You should take care of your mental health during the moving process so you don’t get depressed. From when you start planning your move, to getting to your new home and settling. We will be discussing some helpful things you could do to help ease moving stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and other mental health issues associated with moving.

Firstly, to get to the basis of how to treat or help with your mental health, you should be able to pinpoint the cause of it. This is important because it’ll be easier to address the cause to prevent the breakdown from happening thus the saying “prevention is better than cure

Causes of a mental health breakdown while moving

No plan- if you don’t have a plan at all, it'll most likely cause you to break down mentally. Planning is crucial so you know how to handle each step of the move and mentally prepare yourself for everything that comes with it. It includes researching your new neighborhood, finding an ideal moving company that fits your needs, planning your budget, etc. Having a proper plan helps a lot, so do it.

Time- not having enough time to plan for a move can cause stress and anxiety. This is the best time to ask for help or assistance to get as much done as possible. If you do however have enough time, use it to start packing and planning for your move so you don’t leave everything to the last minute.

Money- if your finances aren't looking good and you have to move, that can cause some mental health issues. This is where planning plays a major role. Plan a budget and use what you can afford to make your move stress free and successful. Sometimes that may mean moving yourself and hiring a truck instead of a moving company.

Whatever it is you need to do financially, remember to stay within your budget.

No help- It’s so important to ask for help from friends and family. Being surrounded by loved ones makes one feel better. Family and friends always share laughs and memories that may help stop you from overthinking too much and worrying about the move. Ask for help throughout the moving process, from planning, and research to packing and moving day.

Things to do to help with mental health

Plan ahead- planning for your move will help better prepare you and have everything in place thereby, reducing stress and anxiety. If you don’t know where to start or how to plan. Ask friends or family who've had to move in the past, they will be the best help as they have experienced it before.

Positive mindset- a positive mindset brings a good attitude which in turn keeps you sane and happy. Positivity will help motivate you and have you feeling great while moving.

Declutter- this will help keep your mind busy so you don’t overthink. Start slowly and take out the stuff you haven’t used in over a year because you probably don't need them. There are numerous apps you can use to sell stuff like Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, etc. you could also have a garage sale or donate your items to homeless shelters or give them away to family and friends.

Ask for help- if you’re surrounded by loving family and friends, it’ll be good for your mental health. Everyone needs support and having people closest to you helps tremendously.

Workout or meditate- have some time out and do some meditation or a workout. This releases the pressure off and will release some “feel good” hormones which we all need for a clear and more positive mindset.

Examples of things you can do to feel good:

  • Going to the gym
  • Walking
  • Meditating
  • Pilates
  • Running and many more
Whatever exercise keeps your body moving and makes you feel good, do it!
Find an exercise you like and keep your body moving

Proper goodbyes- invite friends and family over for lunch, Bbq, or dinner. Cook foods that you can’t take with you and enjoy the time with them before you start a new life in your new home. Seeing your family and friends together and celebrating you is good for your mental health. All those happy memories will always be embedded in your heart and will make moving a little less emotional.

Get an emotional support pet- dogs or any pet that you’ll have to take out for a walk or just fresh air can be helpful when dealing with mental health issues because when someone is in that “dark place”, they don't want to do anything, but sit in the house. When you have a pet dog you’ll have no choice but to go out and get fresh air which in turn will help make you feel better.

Also, pets help calm you down as they are always happy to see you and that will bring a smile to your face and will warm up your heart, and as a result, make you feel better.

Get rid of negative thoughts- get rid of negative thoughts by watching or listening to something that makes you happy. Allow your negative thoughts and feeling to stay outside your home. Get up every morning, open your windows, work out, light a candle, shower, and work. This routine could be great for your mental health.

On days when you feel like everything is just too much, take yourself out and mingle with people. If however, you feel like doing nothing, sometimes crying is okay because it will make you feel better, but don't stay there. Pick yourself up after that and do something that makes you happy.


Moving is a very draining process and is made worse if you’re moving due to something beyond your control. This should not put you down however because no matter what happened or what the reason for your move is, just know that everything happens for a reason and it will be okay. Tough times never last.

Having your mental health in check will be your savior. Always have a positive mind and make the best of your situation. Remember that there’s always someone who cares and is willing to help.

Capital City Movers will help make your move stress free. Contact us for a smooth and professional move at (718) 619 4881 or visit our website for more information.


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