- While part of the journey is getting out of your comfort zones and experiencing new things which will create new habits, remember to keep some of your old habits and routines at first. Then slowly starting adding new ones, small changes makes adjusting easier.
- Focus on the positive. Of course it won’t be like it was before, but focusing on the negative will only make it harder on yourself. List 5 advantages if the new situation.
- Get out! Exploring the outside world and even increasing social contacts will help reduce the sense of isolation.
- Any changes are the opportunities for new and fun activities and which will give you a sense of satisfaction. Explore new activities for you to try, never know, may find a new passion.
- Stay connected with your support system. You will truly appreciate having them.
- And finally…Live for the day!
People are creatures of habit so when we are uprooted from our normal lives whether for the good or bad, it can throw us into a world wind, so to speak. While some have an easier time adjusting, others struggle, and any stress can have a negative impact on our health. My move to Seattle has reminded me how big any change can have on a person and the importance of self-care. Though excited about this move, I have had so much to adjust to: new living situation, new job, not knowing anyone, finding new favorite grocery stores and nice shopping centers, having one less dog, learning where everything is at and then learning to drive on these crazy roads (really missing the grid map layout of Phoenix’s roads). So in my adventures of getting to know Washington and fighting “home sickness” at the same time, I wanted to remind others of some basic coping techniques I have utilized which may help with you adjust to a new situation as well.
Above, is enjoying a beautiful hike on the West Fork Trail in Sedona, AZ.