Feelings of anxiety can occur at any stage of life and may be
so intense that you are prevented from considering a move. If this is the case,
then taking steps to reduce anxiety can help you overcome your moving woes
Understanding Moving Anxiety
Because you are experiencing moving
anxiety, it does not mean that you have an anxiety disorder or won't be able to
Moving can be a catalyst for anxiety, but not all anxious
behaviors are necessarily bad. Anxiety can often make us more alert, motivate us
to action, and encourage us to be more efficient. Constant anxiety can become
problematic if overwhelming feelings interfere with your life.
terms of moving, you may feel anxiety just thinking about relocating to a new
area. Having to change your job, moving away from friends and family, and addressing all the moving expenses can certainly make you feel overwhelmed. In
addition to primary feelings of intense fear and nervousness, you should also
know other symptoms of anxiety that you could experience.
Signs of Moving AnxietyYou may feel jittery and filled with
dread whenever you think about moving. There are other common emotional symptoms
of anxiety that you should be aware of, especially if you are trying confront to
your moving worries.
Anxiety affects more than just your feelings. It also
involves physical symptoms, which can often be mistaken for illness. If thinking
about moving has coincided with feelings of sickness, then you might be
exhibiting symptoms of anxiety, such as:
- Trouble concentrating
- Anticipating the worst
- Memory lapse
- Upset stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle tension
TIP: Episodes of intense
panic or fear are often characterized as panic attacks. These attacks usually
occur without warning and can easily distort your senses. If you are in a
situation that triggers a panic attack, try to stay calm and safely remove
yourself from the situation.
Reducing Your Moving Anxiety
There could be other aspects of your life causing you to worry
that contribute to moving anxiety. Make sure to look for potential causes of
anxiety related to your diet, sleeping habits, caffeine consumption, and career.
Evaluating the overall anxiety in your life can help determine if it is only
moving that is making you anxious.
If you determine that moving is the
root of your anxiety, then you can take the following steps to help reduce some
of your worries:
Designate a time for worrying about your move.
Determine a time of day that you can allot to confront your moving anxieties and
make this your "worry period" every day.
Push back on your
worries. If during the day or at some undesirable time you start feeling
overwhelmed about moving, just write down your worries and save it for your
Make sure to address your worries. Use your "worry
period" wisely and go over your anxiety list. The "worry period" should be used
to only think about your moving anxieties.
You should ask yourself
questions that will help you attain a more positive perspective of moving. "Do I
have any evidence that my worry is true?" and "Is there a positive way of
looking at the situation?" are examples of questions that can help you overcome
If you feel overwhelmed by moving anxiety, there are many
support groups and trained professionals who can offer support. Often times, a
conversation with a friend or family member can also help you move closer toward
your moving goals.