How to Mindfully Find Your Footing When Moving Into a New Environment
Adjusting to a new space is always a time of mixed emotions. On one hand, you get to experience a whole new way of being yourself in a new space that you can start to truly cultivate from the ground up. However, on the flip side, there’s a lot of uncertainty and concerns that are unique to a new space, and not all of us can simply adjust to the new way of living as fast as we may want to.
If you’re someone who has difficulty adjusting to change or simply finds it hard to let go of your old spaces, you’re not alone. It’s completely natural for a place to feel like it has become part of you and you a part of it. We’re all a little territorial, after all, and a home is a place where memories of all kinds are made, even when we don’t realise it at the time.
So, what can you do to adjust to your new space? Well, today, we thought we would take some time to delve into the concerns that come with moving into a new place and what you can do to make it a little easier on yourself.
Allow Yourself to Feel What You Feel
I don’t believe it would be controversial to say that we as people often have a hard time allowing ourselves to feel things that are outside what we’ve arbitrarily decided we “should” be feeling. It’s as if there is a panel of unseen judges waiting to grade us on our response, even when we’re alone. It’s easy to see how things get that way; no matter how far we’ve come in terms of self-expression and personal freedoms, they are still predicated on the idea of a societal norm, and that feeling of judgement doesn’t entirely dissipate once we’re in our own space.
So, in short, if you feel sad about moving into a new space and then feel dumb for being sad about the new space, it’s time to focus on silencing the voice of self-doubt and embracing those feelings. After all, like any relationship, you want your emotional connection with your new space to start off honestly and not with a slow lingering resentment that makes you believe you should be feeling good.
Take the Time to Make The Space Feel Yours
Once you’re starting to settle into the idea that this will be your new living area, for the time being, one great way to make it feel like home is to start personalising it to your needs. This doesn’t just mean arranging your furniture exactly as it was and pretending everything is unchanged, either. It means doing the little important things as well.
Work out where your utilities are, hire a Doreen locksmith if required, and work out how you’re going to be taking on the new set of tasks that come with any change in space. By doing this early on, you can save yourself from feeling too daunted when the time comes to, you know, actually deal with them. Your future self with thank you for the forethought, and it’s good to be thoughtful for your future self. Who knows, you might be in their shoes eventually. (I’m sorry)
Stay in Touch With Your Family and/or Friends
Whether it’s parents, siblings, children, friends, or found families, we all thrive best when we have a sense of belonging and social connection. Unfortunately, this is something that a lot of people struggle with, especially when they’re moving far away or simply don’t have the proximity benefits that can come with their local network. However, that doesn’t have to mean that you’re starting fresh, nor does it mean you can’t keep in close contact with the people you love.
It’s never too early to check in and keep people updated, and you’ll hopefully feel a little more comforted knowing that the people that were behind you before are still behind you every step of the way. Allowing people to care about you during times of transition isn’t always easy, and sometimes, it can feel like the hardest thing in the world, but it’s really not when you get down to it. It just means being open with yourself and those around you, even if it’s just open enough to sit and listen on the phone or send photos back and forth while you’re getting your things set up.