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How Moving Affects Your Mental Health and How to Cope With It

No matter how many times you do it, or how far you have to go, moving certainly is a challenge, both physically and mentally, and not one to not be taken lightly. There are some steps you can take to reduce these effects, such as looking into removalists in Sydney’s Western suburbs or North Shore (or wherever you are), being organised and well planned. You might probably already know that moving can cause stress, but here are some other ways that moving can affect your mental health and how to cope. 

How moving affects your mental health and how to cope with it

Large Amounts of Stress, Which Can Lead to Illness

Keeping track of everything, being on time for removalists, key handovers, deliveries, remembering to disconnect and reconnect utilities, getting back to work to a thousand and one emails and everything else that goes on with a move can cause some pretty heavy stress levels. We know that high levels of stress go some way to weaken the immune system, making you more susceptible to contracting a virus such as the common cold or the flu. So, how can you reduce your stress and make sure that you don’t weaken your immune system during this time?


Start by trying to organise your moving day on a Friday, to give you the maximum possible time to unpack and organise over the weekend before going back to work, adding to this the ability to not have to take as much time off as well. When I move, I do my best to organise the moving day on the Friday before a public holiday Monday too, if possible. Booking your trusted Hornsby removalists that is a reasonable price will help you too, that way you don’t have to put your body and joints under as much physical pressure. Organise your packing up of your current home first, box it per room and make sure it’s an easy code to decipher at the other end. Check out our tips to get organised after a move article. Whatever happens, it’s not the end of the world, so make sure to take deep breaths, and stay calm during the whole saga. 

Frequent Moves Can Result in Depression, Lack of Stability or Disposable Relationships

Of course, I need to emphasise that it also might not lead to any of these symptoms. However, there have been studies taken around the world that suggests frequent moves, especially in adolescents, can lead to depression, feeling a lack of stability in life, or an attitude of disposable relationships. As someone who has moved incredibly frequently in my life, I can tell you that it’s very easy to fall into these traps. Especially when those moves are more than just to the next street or suburb. How to deal with these then?

Find Things in Your Life That Do Offer Consistency, and Cling on To Them

Basically, create consistency and stability in other aspects of your life. For example, if you are an adult, then doing the same job or working for the same company might help this. Or having a particular hobby or pastime that you can do will also help – for example, playing a musical instrument or a sport. If you can still maintain relationships with friends and family members either by seeing them regularly or otherwise video calls, then make sure you do this. 

Moving and mental health

To wrap up, the best way to cope is to reduce your stressors where you can, for example, by hiring a removalist, and to keep yourself feeling positive, knowing that your life will be in a better place, with a new perspective, once your move has been done. Plus, it’s not all bad, as a lot of studies suggest that moving house actually improves your memory too!

Meet The Author - Bill Chen

Before 2008, Bill was working with a local removalist company in Sydney and was witness for a number of deformities and wrongs in the working of the company. Observing the atmosphere, a thought came to Bill’s mind that he could do much better if he were the owner of the company, by offering a fully transparent service to the clients with a friendly and trustworthy staff and no hidden fee structure; and thus, in 2008, AAA Bill Removalists Sydney was formed with just one truck and only Bill as staff. Even if Bill Chen began the company as just one man, the company grew fast. The operation expanded beyond the Sydney suburbs and to the surrounding cities: Wollongong, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, Canberra, Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane, and other.

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