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 stressful given the greatest scenario. You are departing your house--where you have made a life for yourself and your family members--and starting off anew in a foreign place. Indeed, the move alone is exciting--an adrenaline rush that goes on for months while you discover a new residence, load up the existing one, and get settled with the family into their new routines. 
But as soon as the boxes are unpacked and you've determined the perfect path to the dry cleaners, the new truth sets in--you're in a new location, and your pals and social life are back in your old area--the place you continue to consider as "home". And everything seems off kilter--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 indicators 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 onset is after pretty much all the craziness of the move disperses--and must be considered seriously and diagnosed in the event that you cannot get rid of it by yourself.  

Signs to Watch For

These are several of the warning signs to look for, the occurrence 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 

And when you do, you are fatigued and really don't have the strength to get through your day. Sleeplessness can be another characteristic of depression; you're tired constantly, nevertheless you cannot sleep. Or you can sleep--a dozen hours at a stretch and you are still drained. 

Absence of Interest in Anything 

In your past home or community, you had your routine along with your stuff--work, buddies, pastimes--that loaded your months. Nowadays, you've got your job, however your friends didn't accompany 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 do not feel bad or remorseful that you're a little lonesome. 

If you just cannot get enthusiastic about anything--hobbies, your job, making new pals, getting together with family--likelihood is it is a symptom of depression. Combined with the blahs comes not being able to think straight--if something could catch 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 wish to get away from it. Besides, 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 keep up with friends, but it can also support and abet in your staying in and not making new friends.  

How to Overcome Relocation Depression

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

Get Some Exercise--Active folks feel healthier, so get out and just walk two or three times a day. If you have a dog this is a built-in reason to get out. Expand that outside time every day. 

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

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

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

If these home cures do not help, locate a professional. Relocation depression isn't a scam, and left untreated, will get out of hand into something worse. You know yourself better than anyone, and if things aren't quite right, pay attention to your body and mind. Moving to Colorado Springs is among life's most stressful occasions, however it does not have to be a source of gloominess or depression.


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