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 demanding given the ideal conditions. You're exiting your house--where you've made a life for yourself along with your loved ones--and starting off once more in a foreign location. Without a doubt, the move itself is exciting--an adrenaline rush that goes on for weeks as you discover a new residence, load up the existing one, and get settled with the family into their new daily routines. 
 
However as soon as the boxes are unpacked and you've determined the most effective path to the dry cleaners, the new fact sets in--you are in a new location, and your good friends and social life are back in your previous place--the spot you continue to think of as "home". And everything appears off kilter--there is a feeling of being out of place, and you are not sure whether 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 called "relocation depression". Relocation depression is actually a thing--the starting point is after all the craziness of the move disperses--and should be taken seriously and treated if you cannot get rid of it by yourself.  

Indicators to Look out for

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

You Can't Get Out of Bed 

When you do, you're fatigued and truly don't have the vigor to get through the day. Sleeplessness is another characteristic of depression; you're drained all the time, nevertheless you can't go to sleep. Or you are able to sleep--twelve hours at a stretch and you will be still tired. 

Lack of Interest in Anything 

In your former home or community, you had your schedule as well as your stuff--work, buddies, pastimes--that loaded your days. Currently, you have work, but your pals didn't come along with you and it's hard to get pumped up about your hobbies if, similar to 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 cannot get focused on anything--pastimes, work, making new buddies, getting together with family--odds are it's a symptom of depression. Together with the blahs comes being unable to concentrate--if something might capture your consideration, it would not last but a couple of minutes and you would zone out. 

Disinclination to Depart from the House 

The new house is your refuge, and you simply don't wish to leave it. Besides, you have TV shows for binging, and your social network to check. Social networking is a double-edged sword as it lets you stay informed about friends, but it can also aid and abet in your remaining in rather than finding new friends.  

Tips on How to Beat Relocation Depression

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

Get Some Exercise--Active folks feel healthier, so get out and just walk around the block two or three times each day. In case you have a dog this can be a built-in excuse to get outside. Build up that outside time daily. 

Decrease or Eliminate Alcohol--This is a depressant, therefore it is wise to stay away from it until you are feeling better. 

Connect with People--Take a course or enroll in a newcomers group. Volunteer--extra hands and skills 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 town and get to know it. Keeping busy is like exercise--it keeps the adrenaline moving along and you'll have far more energy. 

If these solutions don't help, locate a therapist. Relocation depression isn't a scam, and neglected, may spiral into something 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 events, however it doesn't have to become a reason for despair or depression.

 

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