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Keeping Your Cool During a Move

By Dipika Patel
Preparing your body and mind can help alleviate anxiety and moving meltdowns.

Moving isn’t easy according to many researchers and psychologists. The truth is we don’t need researchers to tell us how stressful it is or how we should feel about this experience. However, we most certainly can understand ourselves better by understanding what is happening during this process and what we can do to help ourselves come to the realization that it is a BIG STEP in life. 

In fact, moving is listed as one of the top stressors of a lifetime alongside death, divorce, loss of job or separation. If you have moved even once in your lifetime, you will recognize the stressors associated with this change. In my childhood, I had a steady foundation because I lived in one home during my fundamental years. However, in the past 12 years, I have moved over 16 times. Each one of my moves has been easier to handle mentally, but there were still physical, emotional and spiritual implications, as evidenced by waking up in the middle of the night with anxiety/panic attacks.

This is when it hits me; I need to take care of myself. Overdoing it is not only going to stress me out, but will render me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually unavailable. 

So, from experience, I offer you my top tips for boosting your immune system and moving successfully with a heart full of gratitude:

  • Eat well. Eat whatever fills you and gives you energy to set you up for the rest of the day; drink green-based smoothies and eat your veggies.
  • Bring it back to the basics. Work, rest and play. Time is your friend; use it wisely. 
  • Learn to ask for help. You don’t have to do it all on your own. 
  • Take care of your health. Stretch, walk, take your supplements, boost your immune system; only you can provide for your needs. 
  • Celebrate/Acknowledge. All the things you have accomplished each day, not what you still need to do. That list will keep growing. 
  • Be patient and show compassion to yourself and others. Everyone is doing the best they can; let go of your expectations, but be aware of them. 
  • Get good sleep/rest. If you are tired and cranky, you are not going to help yourself or anyone else. 
  • Make a list. Organize, prioritize and let go of what you can’t control. 

Dipika is a certified holistic health coach and lifestyle practitioner who empowers her professional clients to activate an overall balanced lifestyle of mind, body and soul. She can be reached at (760) 821.3119. www.LoveYourLifeHealthy.com

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