Yes, tomorrow I am moving house completely, shying away these cardboard boxes around me. As a consequence, however, I will lose internet for an entire week (from this afternoon to next Sunday – or whenever the phone-line gets re-upped); yup, I am leaving you again.
In addition, I’m going to Wales on the 28th. It’s not looking good for August, is it? However, I’ll still have my laptop – maybe I can go into edit mode for a while.
In the meanwhile: my tips to lower distress whilst moving house.
- I may be an escapist speaking here, but: don’t think about it too much. Overthinking is the #1 cause of anxiety, as I well know.
- Leave at least one or two books out to read at least once a day. It’s good to blow off steam and get lost. In a similar vein, I’ve recently ordered my entire notebook collection for travel, and so have been flicking through those and enjoying my terrible old writing.
Plus, moving is a great source for writing inspiration – digging up old gems.
- Sorting is always good. Organisation is always something to be positive about. Instead of being negative about items not fitting or pricing being too high, get into a positive mind-set and concentrate on how everything is finally being sorted. Thought you’d lost those lip-glosses? Look, they were under another box in your makeup drawer!
For me, this point was about ridding myself of all the pieces I once kept for not even sentimental value. I have a habit of loving my objects (makeup, jewellery, ornaments) until I have to move them out of sight’s view. Then, quiet unwittingly, I forget that they exist and never use/wear/look at the pieces again. So, moving brings up those pieces and questions their point of staying.
- Think to the future, and the new. I may be moving into a smaller house, but I’ve already seen that it is of better quality than the box in which I live at the moment: has a working shower, a shed, no cupboards bizarrely placed around corners… I found a list I once made of all the faulty appliances in my current house…
- Change is inevitable, and, as The Borg say, “resistance is futile”. Better to embrace what is to come than to look behind. And, before I fill the page with half-baked clichés (whoops!), I’ll add that everyone panics about these sorts of things. To not panic is worst.
Just don’t let the panic or stress take hold of you and win. In the end, only you can control whether these emotions fill you to the brink.
If all that fails: drink!
I’ll post when I have sturdy internet again. Alexandrina out.