Not Feeling Festive? Tips for Managing Your First Holiday in a New City

Moving over the holidaysBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

It is your first Christmas following moving to Austin, and you'll be able to already tell the holiday doldrums will hit harder and sooner this year. The professional movers in Austin have just left from unloading your possessions and now, not just do we have to deal with limited sunlight throughout the holidays, but when you're away from your old good friends, loved ones, and also traditions, it can be like a triple whammy for your mental well-being. There are certain things you can do to ease your sadness with not being "home" for the holidays, ranging from smaller gestures to big trips.

One thing you can do to keep the post-moving doldrums from exploding is to ensure that you get a good amount of sunshine and physical exercise. Take strolls when you can and get a good amount of physical exercise indoors if you're unable to be outside. Research shows that endorphins make us feel good, and physical exercise floods your body with those little goodies.

Mail a Family Newsletter and Change of Address Notes

If you haven't forwarded change of address cards to your buddies, it's time. Take a pic of your family members along with your new residence and include a chatty family newsletter regarding all your "news"--house, area, job, schools. Telling your old friends concerning your new life will put a grin on your face--it is bittersweet, inevitably, but can assist you to move forward.

Ensure that your kids are aware that Santa is getting the change of address information, too. Put a copy of your newsletter along with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame the two as a gift.

Get Involved—Volunteer

You can find ample opportunities to get involved with your new local community through schools, church, and non-profit organizations, and the holidays are no exception. Check out community social media pages for organizations that appeal to you and your family, and organize a weekend wrapping presents or an afternoon in a soup kitchen.

Many neighborhood groups provide people the opportunity to give Christmas for disadvantaged youngsters and families, and this is an excellent method of getting your children involved. Take them shopping with you--request their recommendations on colors and styles, toys and games, and allow them to select some gifts. Some groups ask that you deliver unwrapped gifts. In case you are wrapping the gifts, have your children pick gift wrap and gift bags. Remember to tag wrapped gifts with names and sizes.

While avoiding getting too schmaltzy over it, this type of family activity will do wonders when it comes to improving teenage attitudes--of course, your kids are invariably feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old friends, but helping other folks will go quite a distance towards getting things back into perspective.

Have a Holiday Trip

In England, a holiday really is a vacation. If you cannot dive into the spirit of the season in the new city, and also you can't go back to family and friends, have a holiday--blow the entire thing off. This tactic mainly works if no one is truly anticipating Santa (but with overnight delivery almost anywhere, why not), or you are not flying for your vacation--hauling along all that loot results in hefty checked baggage charges. Here are some ideas for a holiday getaway.

· Local resort--a resort of some sort is within a day's travel of nearly any place in the country. These possibilities contain activities for the children and grown-ups (supervised for youngsters, adults not so much), fabulous decorations, wonderful foods, along with a good break from the routine. Try to find things like decorating gingerbread houses, Yule log hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and even making sandcastles at the ocean--dependent upon where you go.

· Island getaway--when you think about the aggregate costs of the holiday season, a tropical vacay might not be as preposterous as you assume. Without a doubt, it can be a fairly remarkable sum, however when you perform the math on trees, presents, hosting a party, new apparel for functions, decorations, and everything else, that is often a astonishing amount, too. This may be a better option with older children, who can entertain themselves as you take it easy.

· Christmas in the city--if you've viewed the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed about Christmas in NYC, turn this into the year you go. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville can also be cities that are perfect for the holiday season.

Taking a break from the usual holiday routines just might help you through this transitional year. If you're still struggling with the blues and can't manage to shake them, find some professional assistance. In some cases moving to Austin has more of a bearing than you expect, and it takes more than a getaway and a shopping trip to get back to feeling like yourself.

 

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