Relocation Depression is a Real Thing

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Serious discussion here. Moving to Denver to a new home is stressful in the best scenario. You're leaving your residence--where you've made a life for yourself as well as your family members--and starting off anew in a unfamiliar location. Without a doubt, the move on its own is exhilarating--an adrenaline rush which goes on for weeks as you find a new house, pack up the existing one, and become settled with the family in their new routines. 
 
However as soon as the cartons are unpacked and you've established the perfect path to the dry cleaners, the new fact sets in--you are in a new area, and your buddies and social life are back in your old location--the location you at present consider as "home". And everything appears out of whack--there is a sense of being out of place, and you're unsure if it's an actual or subconscious place, but it is just not right. It's not home.

These warning signs might be more than the post-move blues. It's possible that you have something known as "relocation depression". Relocation depression is actually a thing--the starting point is after pretty much all the commotion of the move dissipates--and should be given serious attention and addressed in the event that you cannot get rid of it by yourself.  

Signs to Look out for

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

You Are Unable To Get Out of Bed 

And when you do, you're lethargic and really do not have the vigor to get through the day. Sleep loss is an additional symptom of depression; you're tired continuously, nevertheless you cannot sleep. Or you can sleep--12 hours at a time and you are still exhausted. 

Lack of Interest in Anything 

In your former residence or community, you had your normal routine along with your stuff--work, buddies, pastimes--that loaded your days. Nowadays, you have got your job, but your friends didn't accompany you and it's hard to be passionate about your interests if, much like a third-grader, you do not have anyone to play with. Grownups needs close friends too, so don't feel bad or guilty that you're a little lonesome. 

In the event you just can't get interested in anything--hobbies, your job, finding new buddies, interacting with family--odds are it is a symptom of depression. Combined with the blahs comes being unable to focus--if something might get your consideration, it would not last but a couple of minutes and you'd zone out. 

Unwillingness to Depart from your Residence 

The new home is your safe haven, and you just wouldn't like to leave it. Let's be honest, you have got television shows for binging, and your social network to check. Social networking is often a double-edged sword in that it lets you stay up with acquaintances, but it can also facilitate and abet in your keeping in rather than finding new friends.  

How to Combat Relocation Depression

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

Get Some Exercise--Active people feel better, so get out and just stroll several times each day. If you have a dog this can be a built-in reason to get outside. Expand that outside time each day. 

Reduce or Get rid of Alcohol--This is a depressant, therefore it is best to stay away from it until you're feeling better. 

Talk with People--Take a program or enroll in a newcomers group. Volunteer--extra hands and abilities are usually welcome. Just one or two new associates makes a significant difference. 

Consider Something New--Go to galleries, coffee houses, theater, restaurants--explore your new town and get to know it. Being occupied is much like exercise--it keeps the excitement moving along and you'll have additional energy. 

In the event that these solutions don't help, find a professional. Relocation depression isn't a joke, and neglected, may spiral into something even more serious. You know yourself better than anyone, and if things aren't quite right, become aware of your body and mind. Moving to Denver is considered one of life's most stressful occurrences, however it doesn't have to become a source of despair or depression.

 

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