Health & Nutrition

June 16, 2011

4 Lessons to Reduce Mover’s Stress

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Whew! We finally moved into our new home!  Moving is considered a major life event, and like all life events it is a stressful process.  Stress is caused by many things big and small such as taking an exam, running a race, fundraising, planning a wedding, and moving to a new home.

Over time, stress can affect your health.  According to WebMD, stress can impact your immune system, worsen skin problems, and affect you emotionally.

Symptoms of stress include a fast heartbeat, headache, and tense muscles.  If you find yourself moving homes this year, here are four lessons I have learned (and some re-learned).  Hopefully they’ll help relieve some of the stress that comes.

4. Use packing paper!

Using newspaper means you’ll have to rewash those dishes when you get into the new home! Save time and energy by purchasing packing paper from your local Home Depot.

3. Too small, too big or just right?

Just like it is important to wear clothing that fits, it is just important to use the right sized box to move your belongings.  You (or anyone helping you to move) doesn’t want to lug a large box full of books!

2. Pack an overnight bag.

For me, summer classes and marathon training keeps on going and I have to be there.  I do not have time to dig through boxes to find a pair of running socks or my favorite sports bra.  Packing an overnight bag with a few changes of clothing helps to relieve this little source of stress and keeps the busy schedule on time.  Just be sure to include toiletries unless you plan using the “I just moved” excuse.

1. Eating healthy is hard — err more challenging.

Spending hours wrapping each glass received from various wine fairs or just figuring out where to begin takes a lot out of you.  Before you realize it, the day is gone and you get the tell tale signal that your starving. You smack your lips and remember, “I’m thirsty.”

Waiting for these signals, especially the thirst signal, is not a good idea.  If you feel as though you are starving you may overeat or eat whatever you can get your hands on, including junk food.

The thirst signal is a delayed signal.  By the time we realize we are thirsty, we have already reached a point of mild dehydration.  According to, some symptoms of mild dehydration include headaches, dizziness, dry mouth and thirst.

What to do?

  • Use those water bottles! Take one with you as pack and drink a little between packing breaks.  For instance, when you are trying to figure out how to stack the odd shaped antique serving bowls without breaking is a good time for a drink.
  • Snack break. When you finish packing a box or two, ask yourself when was the last time you had something to eat and if you are hungry.  If you are slightly hungry but have lunch plans try eating a piece of fruit such as an apple.  The light snack will help keep you going until the lunch hour arrives.
    • Tip: Washed and frozen grapes are a delight during summer and hot weather moves.  They are like mini popsicles exploding in your mouth!

While these tips may seem obvious, they are useful and can help you save time…hopefully  giving you a little extra down time!

Now I have to finish unpacking the dining room, study, kitchen, bedroom, and (oh) finish painting the trims — oh my!


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