Relocation Depression is a Real Thing

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Serious discussion here. Moving to Colorado Springs to a new home is demanding given the greatest scenario. You're departing your house--where you have made a life for yourself and your family members--and starting off once again in a foreign place. Indeed, the move alone is exciting--an adrenaline rush that goes on for months while you find a new residence, load up the old one, and get settled with your family into their new schedules. 
But as soon as the boxes are unpacked and you've figured out the perfect path to the dry cleaners, the new reality sets in--you're in a new location, and your pals and social life are back in your old place--the place you continue to think of as "home". And everything seems out of whack--there is a sense of being out of place, and you're uncertain if it is an actual or emotional place, but it is just wrong. It is not home.

These symptoms may be beyond the post-move doldrums. It's possible that you may have something referred to as "relocation depression". Relocation depression is actually a thing--the beginning is after pretty much all the craziness of the move disperses--and must be considered seriously and diagnosed if you can't get rid of it by yourself.  

Signs to Watch For

These are several of the warning signs to look for, the presence of some of these over a couple of week time signifies it is time to get some professional help. 

You Are Unable To Get Out of Bed 

When you do, you are lethargic and really don't have the strength to get through your day. Sleeplessness can be another characteristic of depression; you are tired all the time, nevertheless you can't get to sleep. Or you are able to sleep--a dozen hours at a stretch and you are still tired. 

Lack of Interest in Anything 

In your past home or community, you had your routine along with your stuff--work, friends, pastimes--that filled your days. Nowadays, you've got your job, however your friends didn't come with you and it's tough to get excited about your hobbies if, much like a third-grader, you don't have anyone to play with. Grownups needs friends too, so don't feel bad or remorseful that you are a little lonesome. 

If you just cannot get enthusiastic about anything--pastimes, your job, making new pals, getting together with family--likelihood is it's a symptom of depression. Along with the blahs comes the inability to think straight--if something could capture your consideration, it wouldn't keep going but a minute or two and you would zone out. 

Unwillingness to Leave the Residence 

The new home is your safe haven, and you simply don't want to get away from it. After all, you have got TV shows for binging, and your social network to check. Social networking is often a double-edged sword in that it allows you to stay informed about friends, but it can also aid and abet in your remaining in and not making new friends.  

How you can Overcome Relocation Depression

There are some things that can be done to lift the haze, so test these and see if you feel better. 

Get Some Exercise--Active folks feel healthier, so get out and just walk two or three times each day. For those who have a dog this is a built-in excuse to get out. Build on that outside time every day. 

Cut Back or Eliminate Alcohol--This is a depressant, therefore it is advisable to avoid it until you're feeling better. 

Interact with People--Take a course or enroll in a newcomers group. Volunteer--extra hands and skills are frequently welcome. Just a few new associates makes a big difference. 

Consider Something New--Go to museums, cafes, theater, restaurants--explore your new town and get to know it. Keeping busy is like exercise--it keeps the excitement moving along and you'll have much more energy. 

In case these home remedies do not help, locate a professional. Relocation depression isn't a scam, and left untreated, will get out of hand into something even worse. You know yourself better than anyone, and when things aren't quite right, focus on your body and mind. Moving to Colorado Springs is one of life's most nerve-racking occasions, but it does not have to be a source of unhappiness or depression.


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