There you were, living your ideal life, in your ideal neighborhood, and your ideal house when all of a sudden, poof! You find out you have to move.
Of course, a new location brings with it more than just house-hunting (and selling) and moving hassles. You're going to be moving to a completely new, unfamiliar town -- and leaving behind friends and fond memories in your old one. Kids, too, often struggle with switching schools, leaving friends and then having to be the 'new kid' in a strange environment.
Moving can be particularly stressful if you’re leaving behind a house you’ve grown up in or raised a family in. Everywhere you look you remember a family milestone, and fear that you’ll forget once you move on. Simply put, many of us are emotionally attached to our homes, and it can be hard to let go.
“In the process of moving we very often encounter many feelings,” says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates. “This is natural since we are breaking old habits and moving from the familiar to the unfamiliar. We also may experience many emotions as we sort through our stuff.”
As a result, both kids and adults often feel sad to be moving away.
Don't Just Move, Move Forward
Even though moving can be an extremely stressful time for families, you can make the entire process easier and even come out ahead.
"It's important during any move to let go of any wanting to hold onto the old and allow yourself to welcome or embrace the new," Dwoskin says. "The best way to deal with all of this is to let go with The Sedona Method."
As you do this, you will be able to release the emotional burden you feel about leaving your home behind. In its place will be feelings of excitement about your life NOW. This will also make it easier to part with the material possessions you're feeling sentimental about -- but that practically you're better off leaving behind.
And don’t forget to help your children cope with the changes too.
“If you have children speak to them about change and how it often brings something new and wonderful,” Dwoskin says. “Also listen to their concerns with an open mind and heart. You can even help them release if they are open to it. If you are working with young children remember to make releasing into a game to play rather than something meaningful and important.”
If you continue to let go during all phases of your move -- the planning, the packing, and the actual event -- you'll have an easy time accepting your move, and you'll attract the type of positive energy that will make your new house feel like your home.