Tips for Transitioning to a New Area
Moving to a new area can be exciting, but it can also be a little nerve-wrecking. The transition phase can be tough not just for kids, but for adults, too. You can help the process go smoothly by following these simple tips:
Your attitude with your move doesn’t just affect you, but your family as well. Amidst all the stress of packing, remember to be optimistic. In addition, scout out the area and learn of all the positive traits your new neighborhood offers. Is there a community rec center your family would enjoy playing at? Or how about a big sledding hill nearby? Maybe you’re in a college town with a lot of sporting events you could attend. Or maybe there are lots of little kids in the neighborhood you know your kids will enjoy playing with? Whatever it is, talk it up and get yourself, and your family, excited about the transition.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
One of the biggest anxieties people experience with a move is having a good social circle. Yes, typically the new family on the block is greeted and welcomed by fellow neighbors, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. Don’t wait for them to come to you. People often have good intentions, but get sidetracked by their own busy schedules.
You can meet your neighbors by going for a stroll through the neighborhood. Smile and wave to anyone you see outside, or in their car. Don’t be afraid of striking up a conversation by saying something like, “Hi, I’m new to the neighborhood. What’s your name?” Or if that’s too bold for you, introduce yourself and ask for restaurant recommendations. Doing this may also help you to find commonalities.
Get outside and be present — whether that’s on a walk, doing yard work, shoveling walks, taking the dog for a stroll, or delivering holiday gifts. The more people see you, the more familiar and comfortable they’ll be talking to you.
Join Social Media Groups
Maybe you’re a little more comfortable sitting behind a screen. If that’s the case, try joining local community groups on the internet. Facebook alone offers thousands of groups for people with similar interests. Different communities have group pages that allow like-minded people to interact with each other and look for recommendations. You may find a group for local children’s events, a group for stay at home parents, a 411 information page, an automobile group, or a cooking group. Finding connections with people in your neighborhood can help put you at ease in a new area.
Having a house that is disorganized and cluttered can add to your stress and make you feel depressed and lacking energy. Try unpacking one room at a time, and save the decorating for last. We get it, you want to be done already, but unpacking takes time. Liberate yourself by getting organized one room at a time.
Register for Community Recreational Activities
Most cities with a non-rural population have community rec or YMCA centers you can join. By getting involved in something you enjoy, you’re likely to foster good relationships with those who have similar interests as you.
Get Involved in the Community
There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with a new area than diving right in and getting involved. Lend your hand to groups or organizations that could benefit from your talents. Here are a list of places to get you started:
- local schools
- church event
- neighborhood cleanup drive
- Food Bank
- city offices
- soup kitchen
- Daycare center
- Refugee center
- Non-profit organization
- Charitable organization
Attend Local Events
Visit your local Chamber of Commerce and see what neat events take place in your community. Perhaps your town has a great orchestra or other performing arts, or maybe your community hosts a popular cycling tournament. Or maybe a Farmers Market, holiday parade, or annual car show are a big hit. You can find countless local events and activities online. Social media groups are also great resources to find nearby events.
Don’t let the stress about your move ruin your transition. If there’s one thing about moving, it’s that settling in takes time. Following these tips will help ensure your transition goes more smoothly. At Northern Title, we like to help ensure our clients have a smooth and easy process for everything from issuing title insurance and examinations, to escrow closing work. Contact us today to see how we can help your transition be a little smoother.