Along with relationship break-ups and the loss of a loved one, moving house is frequently cited as one of life’s most stressful events. Whatever the truth of one’s personal experience, moving can undoubtedly be a time of great anxiety.
“It’s one of life’s most stressful experiences, and it’s because it involves having to cope with change,” said Nicky Lidbetter, chief executive of charity Anxiety UK. “Most of us like familiarity, routine and order. When you’re moving, you have none of those. Plus, it causes a ripple effect of change throughout your life.”
“You’re not just changing your home and getting to know the new one, you might be in a new area, you have to find new schools for your children, take on a new commute to work, find a new GP and dentist. The lack of order, the uncertainty and upheaval that surrounds a move can trigger underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety, OCD and depression.”
However, there are things you can do to make your move easier and help safeguard your mental health until you’ve settled in to your new pad.