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November 21, 2018

Relocation Depression is a Real Thing

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Genuine conversation here. Moving to Denver to a new home is stressful in the best circumstances. You will be departing your home--where you've made a life for yourself as well as your family--and starting off anew in a foreign place. Without a doubt, the move alone is exhilarating--an adrenaline rush which goes on for weeks during the time you identify a new home, pack up the previous one, and become settled with your loved ones in their new daily routines. 
However soon after the cartons are unpacked and you have established the most effective path to the dry cleaners, the new truth sets in--you are in a new place, and your buddies and social life are back in your previous area--the place you still dream of as "home". And everything seems off kilter--there is a feeling of being out of place, and you're uncertain whether it's a physical or emotional place, but it's just not right. It's not home.

These indicators may be beyond the post-move doldrums. It is possible that you may have something referred to as "relocation depression". Relocation depression is a real thing--the beginning is after all the hubbub of the move dissipates--and should be taken seriously and treated in case you cannot shake it on your own.  

Symptoms to Look out for

These are some of the indicators to look out for, the appearance of several of these over a couple of week span means you need to acquire some professional help. 

You Are Unable To Get Out of Bed 

When you do, you're lethargic and truly do not have the strength to get through the day. Insomnia is another characteristic of depression; you are worn out continuously, but you are unable to go to sleep. Or it is possible to sleep--twelve hours at a stretch and you're still drained. 

Lack of Interest in Anything 

In your old house or town, you had your normal routine as well as your stuff--work, buddies, pastimes--that filled your days. Nowadays, you have got your job, but your pals couldn't accompany you and it's hard to get passionate about your pastimes if, similar to a third-grader, you don't have anybody to play with. Grownups needs buddies too, so never feel bad or guilty that you are a tad lonesome. 

If you just cannot get focused on anything--hobbies, work, making new friends, interacting with family--chances are it's really a sign of depression. Combined with the blahs comes not being able to focus--if something could catch your consideration, it would not last but a couple of minutes and you would zone out. 

Unwillingness to Leave the Home 

The new home is your safe haven, and you simply don't wish to get away from it. Besides, you have television shows for binging, and your social network to check. Social media is a double-edged sword because it allows you to stay informed about pals, however it can also support and abet in your staying in rather than finding new friends.  

How to Fight Relocation Depression

There are certain things you can do to lift the haze, so test these and see if you feel better. 

Get Some Exercise--Active people feel healthier, so get out and just walk several times a day. For those who have a dog this is a built-in justification to get out. Build on that outside time daily. 

Cut Back or Get rid of Alcohol--This is a depressant, so it's advisable to stay away from it until you're feeling better. 

Connect with People--Take a program or join a newcomers group. Volunteer--extra hands and capabilities are frequently welcome. Just one or two new acquaintances produces a significant difference. 

Check out Something New--Go to museums, cafes, theater, restaurants--explore your new area and get to know it. Staying occupied is similar to exercise--it keeps the adrenaline moving along and you will have much more energy. 

In case these home remedies don't help, find a professional. Relocation depression is no joke, and neglected, will spiral into something worse. You know yourself better than anyone, and if things aren't quite right, focus on your body and mind. Moving to Denver is one of life's most traumatic occasions, however it doesn't have to be a reason for despair or depression.


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