Moving to a new city is never an easy decision as there is a multitude of things to take into account before you complete the residential move. Undeniably, you must have good reasons to move to a new city – work, money, love, and education to name a few, but it’ll also take a reasonable amount of courage from you to just up and leave your home, friends, and the familiarity – all the things that have given you comfort until that moment. You’ll also need a considerable dosage of bravery to overcome the fear, anxiety and stress of moving to a strange and unfamiliar place. /What are the fears of moving house?/
And to make things even more complicated than they need to be, once you’ve reached your destination, you will need to overcome the unavoidable challenges that the new-city relocation will bring for you. The effects of moving to a new city will depend on the special circumstances surrounding your local or cross country move, of course, but we’ll try to make you a bit readier for the post move period by pointing out some of the issues you’ll be forced to deal with after having successfully moved into your new home.
Moving to a new city alone
Moving to a new city on your own will be one extra challenge for you because you won’t have family members or close friends to help you breeze through the adaptation period. And while it’s true that every new beginning is tough, it’s entirely up to you to read the new situation correctly and make the most of it of your time alone in the unfamiliar place.
- New friends. Unless you’re running from your old life and the people in it, it’s important to try and make new friends in the new city. You don’t even have to try that hard – you just need to be open to the idea of meeting new people and building valuable relationships. For example, a new job often means a number of co-workers with the potential of finding good friends among them. Be active – pick up new hobbies or pursue your old ones in order to find interesting individuals who will have similar interests. Don’t forget to keep in touch with all the people who have mattered in your old place as well. /How to make friends when moving to a new city/
- New job. When you’re busy doing something that seems meaningful, then you won’t have much free time to think about the negative aspects of moving to another place, like all the things you’ve lost. Work will help you pay the bills and maintain the social life you need so desperately after moving to a new city by yourself. If you’ve moved to a new city with no job, and maybe no money either, then the high priority challenge ahead of you is to secure employment as soon as you possibly can. It’s no secret that steady income will bring peace of mind and added security. /What to consider when relocation for a job/
- Relocation depression. The unfamiliar strangeness of the place you’ve just relocated to does not only have the potential to make you feel uncomfortable and disoriented, but it could lead to a case of separation anxiety that is also known as relocation depression. It’s vital that you stay away from its dangerous clutches be learning to recognize the most common relocation depression symptoms. In addition to building new friendships and dedicating your time to work, another one of the things to do when moving to a new city is to get to know that place, little by little.
Effects of moving to a new city on children
Having already dealt with one of the most unpleasant aspects of moving to a new home – paying for all moving expenses out of your pocket, you may be disappointed that the struggle is far from over. And if you’ve moved with a child or children, then you must already realize that the immediate post-relocation period just became more challenging as a result.
Depending on the actual age of your kid or kids, the effects of moving to a new city will vary respectively.
- Babies and toddlers. As a rule of thumb, really small children may not even notice the big change in their lives as long as they have their daily routine fairly unchanged. Minor changes in their behavior could occur due to the new surroundings, but when Mommy and Daddy are there by their sides, things should be just fine. /How to move house with toddlers/
- School-age children. The main issue here is, of course, the change of schools for any school-age child and the consequent loss of their school friends. You, as a parent, should proceed with caution and make sure the household move takes place after the school year ends to achieve minimum disruption. Also, choosing a school in the new city is a process that your son or daughter should be actively involved with. /How to move with a school-aged child/
- Teenagers. Moving to a different city can be extremely difficult for some teenagers, especially the ones who have liked where their lives were going before they were informed of the upcoming relocation. The fear of having to find new friends all over again and the efforts of trying to fit into a brand new school and social group will sometimes be too much for them. In most cases, the best way to resolve any move-related issues is to sit down and have an honest parent-child conversation. /How to move house with a teenager/
How to feel more at home in a new city
It’ll be some time before you can feel some kind of a connection with the city you just moved to. The bad news is that you may never get to like the new place, or you may never get properly adapted to living in it. Still, do whatever it takes to speed up the acclimatization stage and survive moving to a new city without any highly-undesirable side effects.
The top 3 things you can do to feel more at home in your new city are:
- Explore your city! That’s right, the only good way to turn the unfamiliar place into familiar is to take exploratory walks around it and get to know it a bit better. Who knows, you may as well fall in love with your new city. /What to locate first when moving to a new city/
- Say yes! Don’t turn down any excellent opportunities for new-city adventures that often end up with long-lasting friendships. Just be open to what your new place has to offer you.
- Make the new home your own! A proven method of speeding up the acclimatization period after moving to a new city is to make a real effort to make the house or apartment you just moved into more your own. Design and decorate the still alien place in a way to reflect not only who you are but also who you want to be. /How to make my new place feel like home/