To say it’s a busy time in our lives, well…that’s an understatement. After 11 years in Orlando, more than 9 of them in the same house, we are on the move. A new career opportunity for my husband was just too good to turn down, and while there’s plenty of sadness about what we’re leaving behind, we’re all pretty excited about what’s ahead.
But before we get there, we have to deal with here, and I’ve taken on a lot of the to-do list:
- Finding a house for us to live in
- Setting up our current house as a rental property
- Arranging for new insurance (as landlords and renters)
- Hiring movers
- Packing, purging and cleaning a 1,400-square-foot home
- Withdrawing Audrey from school
- Enrolling Audrey in a new school
- Dealing with the paperwork: change of address forms, enrolling in new benefits, etc.
Thankfully, everyone around us is making it as easy as possible. My boss has allowed me to continue working remotely, which is incredible (I love my job). Colleagues and friends are offering us advice on neighborhoods and pediatricians and gyms and much more.
But stressed? That’s sort of my default status these days.
I typically hate the phrase “me time” because it just sounds so indulgent and apologetic. If I need some time alone, or a break from the chaos, I take it — sorry I’m not sorry. But I’ll admit…I’m working a lot of “me time” into the moving process, just to try to keep my sanity.
- Setting a NO MORE time every day — a cutoff time for when I stop packing, or cleaning, or answering emails about our rental
- Joining my family for dinner every night, with all technology turned off
- Taking time every morning, before the rest of the crew is awake, to listen to my favorite meditation app and practice yoga
- Working out as much as possible (it’s the best stress relief I know!)
- Asking for help, whenever I need it…which is harder than it sounds
And here’s another thing that’s in my arsenal: RESCUE Pastilles. (I come from a fairly homeopathic, hippie dippie family, so these have been in my life for a long time!). They’re these tiny little discs of stress relief.
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The products were created by a doctor and have no side effects. The pastilles are my favorite because they come in a little tin but there are several options.
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So, tell me: how do YOU cope with stress? Any advice on how to survive a move?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.