Moving House – A Survival Guide

Week 2

Settling In To A New Home

You’ve arrived in a strange town or countryside community, maybe even a whole new country – what now? The unfamiliar can cause a lot of anxiety and becoming comfortable with your new surroundings will reduce your stress enormously. Give yourself permission to take as much time as you need to feel at home.

Here are some of our top tips for settling in to your new home:

  1. Become familiar with your environment. Find out where the local chemist/pharmacy is, the nearest grocery shop for essentials and start making a list of useful contacts like plumbers, electricians and taxi services.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations from new neighbours or work colleagues – people like to help and when you ask for help, you open yourself up to opportunities to meet new people and make friends.
  3. Keep in mind what you like to do. If you like theatre and going out find out what events are taking place close to you and book tickets in advance to motivate you to get out and about. If you like walking and nature, find out where the local trails are or join a ramblers association.
  4. Don’t forget to let everyone know that you have arrived safely and that you might be a bit preoccupied getting to know your new surroundings.
  5. There will be things you don’t like – firmly move your focus to things that you do like. Post photos of nice buildings, a good plate of food or anything else that can be seen as positive.
  6. That doesn’t mean you have to pretend that everything is perfect while secretly crying into your coffee cup. Admit that you miss people and reach out for support, but still try to keep a healthy mindset by looking out for something nice to report back.

If you’ve moved far away from your support network and are feeling lonely, don’t be ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help. I called the Samaritan helpline once when I was desperately lonely. My husband at the time travelled a lot, my children were small and I had not yet made any friends. The conversation was so useful and just gave me the support when I needed it. There is no shame in asking for help when you need it – it shows that you are willing to do something about it.

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