Can Moving Boost Your Mental Health?

We all know moving can be overwhelming, stressful, and frustrating, whether you’re moving locally or over a long distance. But it’s not all that bad. Did you know that moving has been shown to actually boost mental health?

When you plan ahead, you can actually have a very positive experience with your relocation. Just make sure to book your portable storage unit ahead of time to place all the items you don’t need right away.

From new social circles to new neighborhoods to explore, moving can greatly improve well-being while limiting feelings of discontent, says Lifestyle by PS. So if it’s time to break out of your comfort zone and spur change, here are some mental health benefits of relocating your house.

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A Fresh Start

Fresh starts can be scary to some people, but to others, it’s just that – a great way to start anew somewhere else. You may be starting a new job in a completely new city, for example. This will allow you to grow professionally as well as help you meet new people and explore new places.

When you stay in the same town for decades, you may find yourself in a rut with the same people, scenery and connections. This all leads to boredom, which is not good for your mental health. Of course, you don’t have to move just to alleviate your boredom. But hopefully this is just a positive side effect of the need for relocation.

Experience Life Differently

Where you live makes you who you are. When you move to a different place, like a big city vs. a small one, or the suburbs instead of a rural area, this change can have a big effect on your lifestyle.

The further away you move, the bigger the potential for change will be. Positive changes that come as the result of adversity, such as moving to a totally new city after a divorce, can add many benefits to your mental health. This is a chance to start over and create a whole new lifestyle.

New Friends and New Perspectives

Studies show that meeting new people brings with it many mental health benefits. These benefits include a boost in cognitive capability and an enhancement in mood.

When you’re relegated to living in the same place for long periods of time, you tend to get comfortable and stay within the same circle of friends. It’s easy, it’s natural, and it makes you feel good. But a move forces you to get out of that comfort zone and meet new people you never would have otherwise met.

You’ll find new friends, neighbors, and coworkers who can contribute to your new social circle. These people will all bring unique perspectives to life, relationships, and many other topics that can help you grow as a person and stimulate your mindset.

Gaining a new perspective on life will boost your mental state so you can evolve emotionally.

Upgrades in Living Condition

Moving from a small, cramped apartment in a rough part of town into a larger home in a quiet suburban neighborhood can boost your mental state. If you used to dread coming back to your tiny apartment every day after work, you may have found yourself in a rut of depression, especially if you didn’t feel safe going out at night.

Your mental state may have taken a further hit if you had to share the apartment with roommates who just weren’t a good match for you. Moving into a larger apartment or home without roommates can open up whole new possibilities for you.

Same goes for new families who bought a starter home when they only had a small baby at home. Once they start having lots of kids, that home quickly gets cramped. Upgrading to a larger home with a larger yard and better schools can also boost mental state.

Moving into a new house that’s not only clean but modern and spacious can be a game changer.

Self-Reflection

There’s no better time to self-reflect than when facing a move. In the hustle and bustle of life, it can be tough to concentrate on self-care, review your accomplishments, or take stock of where you’re at right now in life. There never seems to be enough time for you to get everything done, so you can start to feel pretty overwhelmed.

But you can’t carry on with business as usual when moving. This uproots your whole routine and forces you to take stock of where you are and where you want to go. Take this opportunity to reflect and engage in some deep self-reflection. You will be surprised at what you find.

Not only will you feel refreshed to get back into your daily life, you will be able to understand more about yourself. That includes your motivations, your goals, your positive or negative habits, your toxic relationships, your fears and desires, and so much more. This is a valuable lesson, helping you lead a happier, more positive life.

There’s no doubt that moving is stressful. But there are so many benefits you can enjoy when you take the time to work through this challenging process.

Make things easier on yourself with this move by renting a portable storage unit on or off site. You can store the stuff you don’t need right now, while making an easier job of packing what you really want.

Contact Mobile Storage Solutions

Moving doesn’t have to be stress-inducing. Save your mental state and enlist our help for anything from moving to storage. Get a free quote when you call us today at 224-249-5792 or fill out our online form. We will guide you through every step of the process for your peace of mind so you can actually enjoy your move!

 

 

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