Dealing with Post-Relocation Anxiety

Relocating involves uncertainty and unfamiliarity—a break from the habitual, which triggers crippling anxiety in many 

The transition might yield something positive in the long run, but the immediate repercussions could be overwhelming. With relocation, the initial feelings could be nervous agitation, breathlessness, trembling, sweating and fatigue, leaving you bewildered and exasperated. Anxiety post-relocation manifests itself in varied ways and could linger for long—even a year, after the move.

If you are experiencing anxiety, the best way to cope is by addressing and acknowledging it before seeking help.

Understand the Emotions 

Adjusting to a new and unknown place is all about leaving behind loved ones and plunging into a sinking feeling of sadness and loss. Acknowledge the plethora of emotions you are feeling: hopelessness, isolation, distraction, agitation, insomnia and forgetfulness. This might otherwise propel you towards other unhealthy coping mechanisms. Articulate the feelings to yourself before you challenge yourself to grow out of the phase. Focus on mindfulness to embrace the brighter side of the move. Once you acknowledge the emotions, practice meditation or journaling to cope and not escape.

Establish Support System 

Reach out to people even if it is a whole new environment. Reaching via social media platforms or community groups could be a splendid idea. Finding local support groups or establishing strong communication with colleagues and neighbours could be resourceful. Resource centres are, in fact, available both online and offline purely established to help people acclimatise to a new environment. So, instead of withdrawing or reeling under the anxiety, ask for guidance.

 Accept the Harsh Reality behind Relocation 

Romanticising relocation and construing a false narrative would only aggravate the problem. This idealisation further cements the belief that the negative emotions are temporary and would “go away.” This thought process hinders seeking help and materialises itself in negative ways, over time and in leaps and bounds. Instead of getting disappointed with your reality and struggling in the dark, coming to terms with the reality behind relocation is indispensable.

Try Getting Back to Old Hobbies

To keep away your find from constant worry, pick up the old hobbies and expand your mind to new prospects and horizons. Exploring the place—nurseries, theatres, art galleries, shops, street cafes and libraries, could be therapeutic. If you are suffering from insomnia, a stroll around the city would be a catalyst for deep sleep. It would simultaneously help create new connections

Let not your anxieties eclipse the fresh possibilities that relocation promises.

Puja Sinha

Coffee addict. Daydreamer. Hitchcock Fan. A post-grad in English Literature, Puja is a forever enthusiast of traversing long distances by rail. Her verticals of choice are entertainment, art & society. She can be found lazing in the garden when not fidgeting over deadlines.
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