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How to Deal with Moving Anxiety

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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 relocate.

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.

In 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 Anxiety

You 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.
  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Restlessness
  • Paranoia
  • Memory lapse
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:
  • Upset stomach
  • Sweating
  • Twitching
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
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 "worry period."

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 your anxiety.

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.

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on August 27, 2009

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