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If you’ve been following my blog and Youtube, you’ll know that I am moving to Indonesia is just two short weeks. I can’t believe after a year of planning it’s finally come around. Although this move is exciting, adventurous and a new chapter that I can’t wait to start, it hasn’t all been easy.
I knew from the minute we decided to move abroad, that my anxiety would be a factor to think about. Since then I’ve picked up tips that have helped ease my anxiety throughout the moving process.
Check out my 8 tips for overcoming anxiety about moving away from home.
Tip 1 – Have you finances in order
It doesn’t matter if you’re moving down the road or to the other end of the world, build up some savings first. Moving out is expensive and there is a lot to factor in when you have your own house to pay for.
Of course, unexpected costs happen and to calm my anxiety, I moved home for the year to save as much as I possibly could. This has helped my anxiety a lot because I am able to enjoy the process knowing that I have a backup.
A few things that I’ve done that has helped me save are:
- Opened a Monzo account. Monzo has played a large part in helping me save. I used to be a “if the money is there, I’ll spend it” kind of gal. With Monzo, I could create savings pots that I couldn’t see, this helped me forget that I had the money sitting there.
- I documented all my finances in a Google spreadsheet. I like to be organised, and so I created a detailed spreadsheet of all my spending and my savings. I also created an estimated cost spreadsheet to detail how much I would like to spend each month once I move to Indonesia.
- Budgeting. I set a specific amount to put into my savings each month, anything leftover from bills was mine to use for the month. Some months were easier than others, but living by the saying “live within my means” really helped. If I didn’t have money to do something, I simply used the mindset that it didn’t matter that I missed out and reminded myself of the end goal.
These were the biggest factors in helping me save over the last year.
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Tip 2 – Give yourself enough time to plan
Moving out is a big process, no matter where you’re moving to. Allowing yourself the appropriate time to plan and move is one of the best tips I can give for reducing anxiety about moving.
I gave myself over a year to plan my move to Indonesia for a few reasons.
- I wanted to make sure it was what I really wanted. I knew I wanted to move away, but I had to give myself the time to warm up to the idea of living thousands of miles away from everyone I know. I gave myself the time to process the move, accept the changes and enjoy the experience.
- Savings. As I mentioned above, saving is a vital part of moving out. If you give yourself longer to plan, the more time you’ll have to save.
- Getting everything ready. Moving to another country was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Luckily, I gave myself enough time to research, get the correct visas, sort out insurance, flights, accommodation and of course sorting out my life at home before I left, my job, my house, my stuff etc.
I have had more than one stressful moment during this process, but allowing myself time to process the changes and to breathe has really helped me reduce my anxiety.
Tip 3 – Use a moving checklist
Of course, I like to be organised and use a planner for just about everything. I decided to design my own planner for moving abroad as I knew of everything I had to plan and think about.
I realised how helpful it was having all the important information on one sheet and decided to share it with you guys.
The moving checklist includes expenses to move, your important dates, what addresses to change and the important items to ship to your new address. I liked it summarised in one sheet so that it was easy to read and accessible at any point.
Tip 4 – Remind yourself why you’re moving
If you’re moving away from your friends and family, it can be scary. I feel like I am completely starting over and I am terrified. Something that really helps keep my anxiety under control is thinking about why I am moving.
Moving away from the UK will open up a lot of opportunities for me and it’s the best thing for me at the moment. Keeping this in my head has helped me overcome the anxiety of starting again.
Remind yourself of the rewards, the benefits and the happiness you’ll feel having your own space to call home.
Tip 5 – Stay in contact with your friends and family
Now, this is a big one for me. I am really close to my family. I have sisters under the age of 9 and they have never known of a time where I’m not there. Moving away from my family was the thing I struggled with most. Of course, I had to stay positive, I have now arranged certain days and times with all my family so that we can FT, call and eventually visit.
With an eight hour time difference, I’m hoping it won’t be too difficult to keep in touch, but with technology, it’s the easiest it’s ever been.
I am excited to send them photos, videos and presents back. This helps with my anxiety knowing that a phone call is never too far away.
Tip 6 – Plan visits with your friends and family
Of course with COVID, I know visits won’t be possible this year, but my fingers are crossed that we can spend Christmas together on the beach next year.
Planning visits in the future with friends and family really helps the homesick feeling. Just because you’re moving doesn’t mean you’ll never see them again, no matter how far away you move. This really helps reduce my anxiety about moving because I know that I’ll see them next year and we’ll appreciate all the time we have together.
Same with my friends, as soon as the rules are lifted, they’ll be over in a heartbeat.
Tip 7- Create routine for your new space
This is something I’ve yet to do as I haven’t moved yet but is very important to me. I have a morning and night routine that I like to stick to. My plan when I move is to expand my morning and night routine. Right now I am working around my full-time job, blogging, and spending time with my family before I leave, as you can imagine my routine is short but sweet.
When I move, I hope to attend yoga classes in the morning, read more and take a breather but will keep my routines similar to the ones I have.
In my night routine I like to:
- Write and work on my blog.
- Manifest and journal.
These three simple things have changed up my night routine and getting to sleep is a whole lot easier.
Tip 8 – Journal your thoughts and feelings
As I mentioned above, I love to journal at night. To be honest I journal any time I feel like it. If I have any feelings that I just need to get out on paper, my journal is my go-to place.
Purchase a new journal and write out how you feel throughout the process. Write about the good and the bad and once you get it out on paper, it will become easier to pinpoint the problem, for me, it is anyway.
A journal is a safe space where you can be honest about how you feel, which is why I love it.
How to overcome anxiety about moving
I hope you’ve enjoyed my 8 tips for overcoming anxiety about moving. Moving away from home isn’t easy but following these 8 simple steps, the process has been enjoyable and fun instead of stressful and filled with anxiety.
Let me know in the comments things that helped you move out, if you haven’t moved out yet, what are some things you are scared of?
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