Relocation Depression is a Real Thing

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Genuine dialogue here. Moving to Austin to a new home is stressful in the greatest conditions. You will be leaving your residence--where you've made a life for yourself along with your family--and beginning anew in a strange area. Without a doubt, the move on its own is exciting--an adrenaline rush that goes on for weeks or months as you find a new house, pack up the old one, and become settled with the family into their new daily routines. 
 
However soon after the cartons are unpacked and you have figured out the best path to the dry cleaners, the new fact sets in--you're in a new area, and your pals and social life are back in your old area--the spot you at present think of as "home". And everything seems awry--there's a sense of being misplaced, and you're unsure if it is a physical or mental place, but it is simply not right. It is not home.

These warning signs may be more than the post-move doldrums. It is possible that you've got something referred to as "relocation depression". Relocation depression is indeed a thing--the beginning is after pretty much all the craziness of the move disperses--and should be considered seriously and diagnosed in case you cannot shake it on your own.  

Indicators to Watch For

These are generally some of the warning signs to look for, the appearance of some of these over a couple of week span signifies you need to get some professional help. 

You Are Unable To Get Out of Bed 

And once you do, you may be fatigued and really do not have the strength to get through your day. Insomnia can be another characteristic of depression; you're exhausted constantly, however you cannot get to sleep. Or it is possible to sleep--a dozen hours at a time and you are still worn out. 

Absence of Interest in Anything 

In your past house or community, you had your schedule and your stuff--work, pals, hobbies--that filled your weeks. Currently, you have got your job, however your pals didn't come with you and it's difficult to get excited about your pastimes if, similar to a third-grader, you don't have anyone to play with. Adults needs good friends too, so don't feel bad or remorseful that you are a bit lonesome. 

In case you just can't get enthusiastic about anything--pastimes, your job, finding new buddies, getting together with family--likelihood is it's really a symptom of depression. Combined with the blahs comes the inability to focus--if something may capture your interest, it would not keep going but a minute or two and you'd zone out. 

Unwillingness to Leave your House 

The new house is your refuge, and you simply wouldn't like to leave it. After all, you have got TV shows for binging, and your social network to check. Social networking is a double-edged sword because it lets you stay up with acquaintances, but it can also aid and abet in your keeping in and not making new friends.  

How to Combat Relocation Depression

There are some things you can do to remove the fog, so try these and pay attention to if you feel better. 

Get Some Exercise--Active individuals feel better, so get out and just walk around the block several times each day. In case you have a dog this can be a built-in excuse to get out. Expand that outside time every day. 

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

Talk with People--Take a class or join a newcomers group. Volunteer--extra hands and skills are frequently welcome. Just one or two new acquaintances makes a big difference. 

Try out Something New--Go to museums, coffee shops, cinema, restaurants--explore your new town and get to know it. Keeping occupied is like exercise--it keeps the adrenaline moving along and you will have more energy. 

In case these solutions do not help, look for a counselor. Relocation depression isn't a joke, and not dealt with, will get out of hand into something even worse. You understand yourself better than anyone, and when things aren't quite right, pay attention to your body and mind. Moving to Austin is considered one of life's most traumatic events, nevertheless it does not have to become a cause for unhappiness or depression.

 

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