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How to settle in a new city

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Following your passion and building the life of your dreams can take you to some unexpected places. All of a sudden, you realize that you can’t miss an incredible opportunity, even if that means leaving your familiar surroundings and facing the unknown.

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From excitement and happiness to fear and confusion, you will probably feel all kinds of emotions. 

Still, relocating can be a good thing. You will be able to start fresh and create something new. That can be thrilling but also overwhelming. Wonder how to do that?

Well, just keep reading. We are here to help!

1. Take it easy

Moving is a significant life event, and getting lost in all the tasks you will have to do before and after your move can be easy. It is not unusual to feel stressed, exhausted, and forget to take care of yourself.

For your move to be successful, you will have to prioritize your mental and physical health.

Though you will have to take care of many different moving tasks, don’t forget to take time for yourself and your loved ones. To avoid additional moving stress, start planning weeks in advance.

Trust me, no matter how big or small, it is never too early to start planning your move. This will also give you enough time to prepare everything, and you can take things easy without pressure and worry.

2. Be open to meeting new people

Relocating can be especially difficult if you are forced to leave some people you love behind. Sometimes, when new in town, it’s easy to feel lonely or isolated.

To avoid feeling like that, try going out and exploring new places. Open yourself up again to meeting new and exciting people. I understand that it’s easier said than done, but with a bit of willpower, everything is possible.

Even when you don’t feel like it, go out and speak to people. You never know what new doors can open for you. New friendships can improve and expand your life in many beautiful ways. Never forget that.

3. Don't be afraid to do some things alone

This can sound a bit contradictory, but while trying to meet new people, it can also be good to feel comfortable enough to go out and do things on your own. Moving to a new place where everything is new can be challenging initially, but don’t let that stop you.

Challenge yourself every day and learn how to enjoy time for yourself. Sometimes it takes a bit of time to find new friends and get close to them. That’s why you should feel comfortable doing things alone.

That can also be incredibly empowering at the same time. You will learn so much about yourself and how strong you are.

4. Get to know the new city

One of the most demanding parts of moving to a new place is having to learn a new transportation system. For many people, that can be highly stressful.

The best way to familiarize yourself with local transportation is to use it consistently and try different routes. Also, research online and look for valuable apps to show you more information about your new city before going out.

Explore every part of the city, but be careful at the same time. Avoid problematic areas with high crime rates, especially at night. Focus more on finding places you like that can help you fall in love with your neighborhood.

5. Research your new community

You can do that online as well as in person. Talking to locals is the best way to get information and learn more about the neighborhood. It’s important that you feel safe in your new place, and knowing your community can be immensely helpful.

Our advice is to join a group on NextDoor and find community groups there or on Facebook. If you have hobbies, check out Meetup. You will be able to meet people who share the same passion and interests as you.

6. Decorate your new apartment

This may sound like silly advice, but trust that decorating your new place can be beneficial on many levels. First, it will keep you busy and occupied. Second, you can create a cozy home atmosphere you always dreamed of.

Your home is your private area, a place where you can introspect and enjoy some quality alone time. It should be a place where you feel safe and welcomed.

Coming home to an empty apartment that doesn’t feel like home can be tricky. That’s why you should add a personal touch and decorate your new place with items you like. 

Don’t forget to hang pictures of your friends and family. Add your favorite food to the fridge, books on bookshelves, and maybe even your favorite blanket on the sofa.

Paying attention to details like that can be comforting. In a blink of an eye, you will be able to create a safe space for yourself and enjoy every corner of your new apartment.

7. Get a pet

Having a furry friend is a huge obligation, but at the same time, it’s a beautiful obligation that will bring a lot of love and laughter to your new life.

You will never feel lonely again with a lovely cat or a devoted dog. Taking your pet for a walk will also help you meet new people. Connections are important, and your connection with your pet will be incredible.

If you already have a pet and don’t know how to relocate it to your new home, don’t worry, we have you covered; just click here.

8. Find time for moving paperwork

Relocating usually means a lot of moving documentation and paperwork. We know it sounds boring, but it is something you simply have to do. Setting up internet, heating, water, and signing lease agreements require time and patience.

That is why you should take your time and plan. Give yourself enough time to deal with paperwork. After that, you can focus on other parts of your life in a new city.

9. Take care of your medical needs

Establish your primary care physician in your new city as soon as possible. Find someone who fits well with your insurance. Don’t wait until you get sick to find your doctor. Safety always comes first.

After meeting your neighbors, ask them for recommendations. Your physical and emotional well-being should always be a top priority, especially in a new city!

10. Contact your support system

Those first days in a new environment can be tough. Everything is new and different. Naturally, you will feel the desire to go back to your old home and reconnect with your friends and family.

After all, having a support system is incredibly important. Reach out to your friends and family. Let them know how you feel. Talk to them about the new city, and ask them to come over. Feeling their support and love can make it easier to settle into a new city.

11. Don't be afraid of getting lost

While exploring the new city, getting lost is not unusual. Being lost in an unfamiliar city can trigger severe anxiety. The good news is that in today’s time, getting lost is not that scary at all. Google Maps has you covered, and you can always ask for directions.

If you make a wrong turn, don’t panic. It can even be good to get lost in a new city; just have your phone charged and stay away from more dangerous parts of the city.

12. Focus on the positive aspects

Moving to a new place can be overwhelming. That’s why you should focus on all the positive aspects of it. Remind yourself why you decided to move and write down all the good things with your relocation. Think about all the new possibilities and how great it is to start fresh!

13. Give yourself enough time to adjust

Adapting to new surroundings takes time. Don’t rush yourself and let things flow naturally. Some people can adjust quickly but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are not one of them. Everyone has their own timing and way of dealing with things.

It takes some time for your new city to feel like home, which is entirely normal. After six months, you will know many things about your new place, and you will be able to get around much faster.

14. Find your new favorite place

We all have that one favorite place that makes us feel extra special. For some, that is a place that offers the best coffee and food. For others, that is a place that invokes great memories.

Create a list of places to go and discover some popular spots in your new area. You can flag your favorite bars, restaurants, parks, etc…

Finding a place like that in a new city can be challenging, but keep searching and don’t give up. Sooner or later, you will find it and simply know that it is your new special place. 

Having something like that in a large, unfamiliar city can be comforting, so don’t hesitate for a second. Get up and go searching for your new favorite place!

15. Say yes to new opportunities

A new city usually means endless new opportunities. Sometimes the fear of the unknown can scare us, but don’t let that stop you. Meeting new people and getting to know new surroundings can make you feel like you hopped on an emotional roller coaster.

In some cases, you may even question your decision to move there. That’s why it’s essential to be open to new people and experiences. Slowly, you will start growing your new network of friends.

Keep calm and enjoy your new home

A new place is uncharted territory, and getting accustomed to your new life takes time. The journey can be lonely at the beginning, but soon you will get to experience all the fantastic new opportunities that life in a new city offers.

Self-storage can make your transition so much easier if you are adjusting to a new city and still searching for a perfect place. Your belongings will be safely stored until you are ready to move into your new home.

After some time, once you are fully adjusted, you can throw a housewarming party!  This can be a fun way to meet new people and get closer to your neighbors. Invite people from your workplace as well and enjoy all the fantastic opportunities waiting for you in your new home!