It is so important to stay healthy and sane during your house move. Remember to look after yourself. It’s not ranked as the third most stressful life event after death and divorce lightly. And if you get ill, the house move will become completely overwhelming.

It doesn’t really matter, what you’re doing or what’s going on in your life, your health, mental and physical, should always be at the top of your list of priorities. But realistically it’s the one that gets forgotten the fastest.

So, remember to breathe and make a plan.

How to stay healthy and sane during a house move?

  1. Stay hydrated

I’m not going to pretend to be a nutritionist, but the first thing any nutritionist will tell you is that we don’t drink enough. And I don’t mean alcohol, fizzy drinks, coffee, tea and others with high sugar or caffeine contents. I mean water! Other drinks don’t hydrate your body in the right way and lead to sugar crashes and energy slumps. So, do your body a favour, and drink at least 2 litres of water a day.

  1. Eat healthily

When we’re stressed, or short of time, turning to ready-made foods and junk for empty calories is an easy quick fix. But it’s not a sensible one. One of my husband’s favourite expressions (and yes it drives me demented but he’s right) is

“Fail to prepare and prepare to fail”.

And so, you need to think ahead about the food you’re going to eat. Make a meal plan. Follow a meal plan. Sign up for a meal plan. Cook in bulk and freeze your own ready meals. Buy better quality ready meals (check salt and added sugar content) like from Cook. Or sign up for a meal plan service like HelloFresh or MindfulChef. They deliver the ingredients and the recipes are quick and nutritious. And there’s no shopping! Just make sure in the weeks leading up to and after the move, you don’t have to think about food. Because the plan is there for you to follow.

  1. Get enough sleep!

Stress and anxiety do not lend themselves to a good night’s sleep. It’s always the middle of the night when that worry or burning question leaps into your mind. So again, it’s time for self-help. Make sure you go to bed at a sensible time and try to turn off computers, gaming and social media a good length of time before you go to sleep. Make a list of everything that might pop into your head and worry you in the night before you go to sleep. And if you do wake up, have a pad of paper by the side of your bed (not your phone) and write anything down that’s worrying you.

Good Housekeeping have a blog on the best sleep apps to download according to experts. One of these might help too. Just try to get 7-8 hours a night. It’ll really help.

  1. Use a removals company

This will save you time, energy and back injuries. And damage to your properties. They can take furniture apart and put it back together again. They are trained to get bulky furniture up and down stairs without scratching the walls. And if they do damage anything their insurance should pay for it.

Packing takes hours and hours. Buying the packing boxes, bubble wrap and paper is not cheap. And the cost of having the removals company pack as well as move you is not extortionate. Just make sure you get a reputable company. Check their insurance. Ensure they don’t contract out and they send you their full-time employees. Make them lots of tea/coffee and buy biscuits!

So stay healthy and sane during your house move by looking after yourself. Not doing it all yourself will reduce your stress considerably.

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