Relocation Depression is a Real Thing

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Serious talk here. Moving to Dallas to a new home is stressful given the ideal conditions. You are exiting your home--where you've made a life for yourself along with your loved ones--and starting off once more in a foreign place. Sure, the move alone is exciting--an adrenaline rush that goes on for weeks while you discover a new residence, pack up the existing one, and get settled with your family into their new daily routines. 
 
However as soon as the boxes are unpacked and you've figured out the most effective path to the dry cleaners, the new fact sets in--you are in a new location, and your buddies and social life are back in your previous area--the spot you still consider as "home". And everything appears out of whack--there is a feeling of being out of place, and you are not sure if it's a physical or emotional place, but it is just not right. It is not home.

These symptoms might be beyond the post-move doldrums. It's possible that you may have something known as "relocation depression". Relocation depression is actually a thing--the starting point is after all the craziness of the move dissipates--and should be taken seriously and addressed if you cannot get rid of it by yourself.  

Indicators to Look out for

These are typically several of the warning signs to look out for, the occurrence of several of these in a couple of week period indicates it's time to acquire some professional help. 

You Are Unable To Get Out of Bed 

And when you do, you are fatigued and truly don't have the vigor to get through the day. Insomnia is another symptom of depression; you are drained constantly, nevertheless you can't go to sleep. Or you can sleep--12 hours at a stretch and you will be still tired. 

Lack of Interest in Anything 

In your former house or community, you had your schedule as well as your stuff--work, friends, pastimes--that loaded your days. Currently, you have work, but your pals didn't come along with you and it's hard to get excited about your hobbies if, like a third-grader, you don't have anybody to play with. Grownups needs close friends too, so never feel bad or guilty that you happen to be a little lonesome. 

If you just can't get focused on anything--pastimes, work, making new friends, getting together with family--chances are it's a symptom of depression. Together with the blahs comes being unable to focus--if something might capture your consideration, it would not survive but a couple of minutes and you would zone out. 

Disinclination to Depart from the House 

The new home is your refuge, and you simply don't want to depart from it. After all, you've got TV shows for binging, and your social network to check. Social networking can be a double-edged sword as it lets you stay informed about friends, but it can also aid and abet in your staying in rather than finding new friends.  

Tips on How to Fight Relocation Depression

There are some things that can be done to lift the fog, so try these and determine if you feel better. 

Get Some Exercise--Active folks feel healthier, so get out and just stroll several times each day. In case you have a dog this is a built-in excuse to get outside. Build up that outside time daily. 

Reduce or Get rid of Alcohol--This is a depressant, therefore it is wise to stay away from it until you are feeling better. 

Interact with People--Take a course or enroll in a newcomers group. Volunteer--extra hands and abilities are always welcome. Just a couple new contacts will make a huge difference. 

Try Something New--Go to galleries, coffee shops, theater, restaurants--explore your new community and get to know it. Keeping busy is much like exercise--it keeps the adrenaline moving along and you'll have far more energy. 

In case these solutions do not help, locate a therapist. Relocation depression isn't a scam, and neglected, will spiral into something even worse. You know yourself better than anyone, and in case things aren't quite right, become aware of your body and mind. Moving to Dallas is considered one of life's most nerve-racking occasions, however it doesn't have to become a cause for despair or depression.

 

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