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How to deal with post-moving depression?


Moving is an exciting time. There’s a lot to be happy about. A new home, a new city, a new job, a fresh start – these are all things that should bring you joy! This is why the post-moving depression comes as a surprise to many especially because it doesn’t really depend on the moving experience you’ve had up until then. You could have no trouble selling and buying real estate, hiring the best moving services in Brooklyn, and relocating to your new home. And still, the relocation blues will come for you. So what is post-moving depression? What causes it and, most importantly, how do you deal with it?

What is relocation depression?

The American Psychological Association names depression as one of the most common mental health issues today. This means that many people are already familiar with its symptoms long before they experience any specific type of it themselves. But there is still a misconception that depression is just next-level sadness. The truth is a lot more complicated. While many do experience varying levels of sadness and despair, apathy and numbness, for example, are common too.

As the name suggests, post-moving depression is a type of depression closely tied to the period after moving house. It, too, is a powerful and complex experience that shouldn’t be underestimated.

What causes depression after moving?

As we previously mentioned, relocation depression doesn’t depend on having an especially difficult or unpleasant move. It is just as likely to occur after a smooth relocation that goes off without a hitch as it is likely to hit someone who struggled throughout the process. And let’s not forget that no one is immune! Men, women and even children can all suffer from post-moving depression. This is perfectly normal.

Relocation is a major life change for everyone involved. And no matter how excited you are for it, you will inevitably miss some things about your old home and life. The homesickness you experience after moving is therefore often not just about a place. The nostalgia for familiarity and routine combines with the adrenaline crash that hits you after the moving stress wears off to create a sense of disconnect, alienness, and exhaustion. This toxic cocktail creates depression.

Man sitting by the window.
Post-moving depression can happen to anyone.

Symptoms of depression after moving

Although everyone experiences depression differently, the most common signs of post-relocation blues are:

  • apathy, lethargy, numbness and general lack of interest
  • mood swings
  • significant changes in sleeping and eating patterns
  • periods of excessive sadness, guilt, and feelings of worthlessness
  • no desire to socialize, go out or partake in activities and hobbies

Some, most or all of these can be present in a person suffering from relocation depression.

How to deal with post-moving depression

Luckily, depression is highly treatable. While it is never about just “not feeling sad anymore” or “thinking positive”, there are certain simple things you can do to effectively combat it.

Settle into your new home

Don’t put off the unpacking! Get all those familiar things you brought with you out of storage NYC and into your new home. It may seem like a small thing right now. But when you surround yourself once again with all the furniture, family photos and knick-knacks you’re used to seeing it, your new house will instantly feel more like home. This can go a long way to making you feel less out of place and disconnected

Get to know the city

Familiarizing yourself with your new house is, of course, very important. But you shouldn’t forget to familiarize yourself with the rest of your surroundings too. Even if you’ve already changed your address after moving, the new city may not feel like home just yet. One of the reasons for this may be the fact that you don’t really know the place. You could probably easily walk around your old neighborhood blindfolded or take tourists on tours around the city to show them all the best spots. And now, suddenly, everything around you is new. It’s only natural to feel uprooted and alien. So go out and explore! Take the time to walk around the neighborhood, see the famous sights and try the local food. Before you know it, the city will be as familiar as the back of your hand.

People crossing a street in a city.
Make the city feel like home by getting to know it through walking around.

Make some lifestyle changes

While optimism is in no way a cure for depression, some lifestyle changes can make you feel better by improving your physical health. You will feel better if you eat healthier, cut back on caffeine and alcohol, and try to regulate your sleep patterns by always going to bed and waking up at the same time. You should also get some regular exercise. Walking or running in the mornings, signing up for a gym membership or just going out dancing a few times a week are all good ideas. Not only does this keep you healthy but the endorphin rush feels pretty good too.

None of this will magically make your post-moving depression go away. It will, however, help you create a routine with the added bonus of keeping you fit.

Person in running shoes going up stairs.
Regular exercise can make you feel better and healthier.

Surround yourself with people you love

You may have thought that the great going away party you threw before moving was the last time you’d see your loved ones in a while. But even if you no longer live close to them, your family and friends are there for you. Keep in touch with them through texts, phone calls, and video chats. They will support you through the difficult period of post-moving depression.

Make new friends

As nice as it is to stay connected to your old circle, you should expand it now that you’ve moved. Start by meeting your neighbors or getting to know your colleagues better. Then, when you’re feeling up for it, you can go out to social events and mixers and make some new friends. This is a surefire way to feel less alone!

Try new things

Think of your new city or state as an opportunity to expand your horizons and try new things. Find the best winter activities, have a picnic in the nearby nature reserve or experience the famous nightlife – whatever suits you best. You won’t have the time to think about the relocation blues when you’re having fun. And all the great memories you make will forever connect you to your new home.

Give yourself time and get help if needed

Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself. Depression is a serious issue and recovering from it can be a difficult, uphill battle. There will be days when you don’t feel like leaving the house – and that’s okay! Cut yourself some slack and allow yourself to feel sad when you need to. And if you ultimately cannot deal with it on your own, you shouldn’t be ashamed or afraid of asking for professional help.

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