At Lisa Buys Austin Houses, we have a lot of clients who are dealing with major changes and we realize that the decision to sell a house can be emotional. We have a lot of content about moving, so today we wanted to discuss a little bit about what the process is like emotionally. We visited Ava Profota with the Inner Loop Counseling Group in Houston, and she gave us some tips regarding how to deal with the emotional side of moving and making major life changes.
A lot of people are dealing with grief without realizing it, and most people also don’t realize that grief can arise from both positive and negative life changes, because you are usually leaving something behind or ending a chapter of your life. Many of Ava’s clients felt things like sleeplessness, and they had just lost their best friend.
Home buyers often find buying a new house exciting and fun, but when the excitement is over they may feel a dip in their mood. Here are some tips on how to deal with these feelings:
# 1 Prepare yourself for a stress-free move. Start Now!
One thing you can do to ease your transition is to prepare yourself for a stress-free move in the first place. Ava suggested numbering each room in the new house, and then numbering packed boxes to correspond with the new rooms. This way, there won’t be any confusion on where your items are. It will be much easier to find the things you need!
# 2 Remember that you made the right decision.
When the excitement wears off, you may question your decision to move. Remember how much thought you put into your decision before making a change and give yourself some credit. Selling a house, buying a house and moving did not happen overnight. You probably talked to friends and professionals along the way who helped you, and hopefully this reinforces your confidence in your decision.
# 3 Talk to someone else. They Will Help!
Talking to someone else who has moved recently (but not as recently as you!) can give you a fresh perspective on the situation. They will not only be able to relate to you, but they will also be able to give you tips on how they got through the stress of moving.
# 4 Get some extra sleep. It’s Science!
This may sound silly, but when negative emotions are up, positive emotions are down – this is because you are experiencing a dip in dopamine. An extra hour of sleep a night provides more serotonin and counteracts the effects of the lower dopamine levels. Additionally, getting out in the sunlight and getting a little more exercise will all help elevate your mood (it’s science, ya’ll).
Thanks Ava for bringing this topic to us! It’s definitely not something many people think about, but it is very common. You can find out more about Ava’s services at InnerLoopCounseling.com. You can also call us to find out more about how to sell your house hassle free!
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