Whether you’re moving for a new job or a fresh start, leaving behind what’s comfortable and known can be a little scary. Here’s how to start the process of feeling settled again. Hint: It could take up to two years, so settle in and enjoy the ride.
Some helpful ideas:
- If you have the time to vacation in your new city or town before you move, it may be a great way to scout out a grocery store, the cleaners, a movie theater. It’ll also help you to learn the general flavor of the area.
- Are you moving to a place that just might have a travel book? Or, consider subscribing to the local magazine or newspaper before you move. Check out the possibilities online and see what’s out there. Local publications will offer events, people, ideas, businesses – just what you’re looking for.
- As soon as you get there, set out a few familiar favorites and comforts from your old home. If you took our advice, you didn’t bring any clutter with you. So you’ve got just the good stuff. Display your photos of family and friends, even before you put the mugs away. Recycle all cardboard boxes (or use for the garden).
- Join a gym and scope out an interesting exercise class. Become a regular, and not only will you meet new people but you’ll feel great. An exercise class (think yoga, something to relieve stress) is a low-pressure way to meet new people who are trying to do the same thing you are.
- Take a community education class in something that interests or inspires you. Always wanted to learn beekeeping? Now’s the time! But keep in mind, avoid big commitments for the first year, so a low-key time investment is best, such as a class that meets once a week for an hour or two. Or, volunteer for a cause that you enjoy – but sign up for just one event so you’re not overwhelmed.
- Choose a great coffee shop and go in regularly for yours. Is there a wonderful natural foods store nearby? A farmer’s market? These are places where people happily take the time to chat at the register. Do this often enough and you’ll soon get recognized. Then, all of a sudden, you won’t be the new kid on the block anymore.