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New Home Stress Kit
 
 
Moving ranks on the “TOP TEN FUN THINGS TO EXPERIENCE” with root canals, breaking bones, and heart attacks. Let's face it, moving is never fun alone. Research shows the moving is actually one of the top ten traumas. There is hope and encouragement available through our company to get through the major impact of the move. Put the stress on our shoulders. We do this daily and enjoy our work. Let this be one less thing you have to worry about.
 
 
  • Your security does not come from a house.
 
  • A house can only bring you happiness, it cannot make you happy.
 
  • You never grow if you always stay in your comfort zone.
 
  • “THINGS” should not be held to tightly, they keep you from embracing whats planned for your life.
 
  • Pick one room to get settled immediately for a place to rest.
 
  • Scented candles – mood adjusters – stress relievers.
 
  • Remember, new neighbors, possibly new job, new friends, a new area to explore, new beginnings.
 
  • Fresh start.
 
  • Make your new home comfortable and inviting.
  • Create a “Touch N' Feel” home, not a “Show N' Tell” home.
 
  • Expect a positive outcome from your move.
 
  • Eat right.
 
  • Hydrate.
 
  • Show off a new collection in your new home.
 
  • Walk your new surroundings.
 
  • This is a chance to break old habits.
 
  • This is your opportunity to project a new image.
 
  • Nobody has seen your wardrobe.
 
  • New opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.
 
  • Control of your time again since you have left old commitments.
 
  • You will be known for the person you are TODAY.
 
  • You don't have to meet others expectations yet because they do not have any.
 
  • Make a new home tour video for friends and family. Include everything your video can hold: New friends, the house, the yard, kids, schools, church, etc.
 
  • Take a family group picture holding signs that say “We love you, remember us”.
 
  • For fun, clip “Job Opportunities” from the paper and send it to friends with a note that says “Come join us”.
 
  • Subscribe to a magazine or newspaper from back home to bridge the gap.
  • Don't expect things to be the same or you will be dissapointed.
 
  • Focus on what you have here, not what you had there.
 
  • Accept being where you are, your exactly where you need to be.
 
  • Send samples of your new culture to family (sea shells, fruit, flower petals, frozen pizza, whatever is typical for that area).
 
  • Let go of expectations that you will move back. This is the NEW you.
  • Be proactive, NOT negative!!!
 
  • Find a new church, when you find one that speaks to you, you will know your home.
 
  • Give it time. It takes one year to balance out the differences between the old neighborhood and the new.
 
  • Don't get to upset if something gets damaged, even if you do it yourself. Remember, they are just things that most likely can be replaced or repaired.
 
  • Exercise – a great stress reliever.
 
  • Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day and your house won't be completely settled in a day either.
 
  • Have one goal per day. Don't try to get a library card, gym membership, drivers license, and license plates all in one day.
 
  • Having cable or satellite installed before you move in can be a stress reliever.
 
  • Reward yourself as you get tasks complete.
 
  • The book of “Exodus” will put your move in perspective.
 
  • The materials to use in building your nest are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
 
  • “Your only the AVERAGE of the 5 people you spend most of your time with” - Warren Buffet
 
  • Put a “WELCOME” mat at the front door.
 
  • Start a tradition that symbolizes home to you and your family. When you move, put it out first: when you leave, take it down last, like my hammock!
 
  • Buy a flowering plant for the kitchen the first time you go to the grocery store.
 
  • Make a “wanna-do” list for each room and keep it in the car.
 
  • Remember when decorating – less is more! Quality & Meaning – Not Quantity! Your home is an extension of who you are.
 
  • Get recommendations from the people at your new job, church, or neighbors for hair dressers, barbers, cleaners, etc.
 
  • Go for a new look in your new home! Change you accents, colors, arrange furniture differently. Start fresh! Don't be a creature of habit.
 
  • Write down your neighbors names and house numbers so you don't forget.
 
  • You chance to start over.
 
  • New education and social opportunities.
 
  • Your ideas and perspectives will be fresh to everyone.
 
  • The opportunity to re-prioritize and organize your life.
 
  • Call the welcome wagon to visit you.
 
  • Go to the Chamber of Commerce for local info.
 
  • Subscribe to the local paper.
 
  • Ask the concierge at the local hotel, whats fun to do in the area and for great places to eat.
 
  • Register to vote.
 
  • Make new family business cards.
 
  • Reach out to others. Take the initiative to introduce yourself first.
  • When you accept your circumstances and feel contentment, peace will follow.
 
  • You can learn your way around town hitting garage and yard sales.
  • Find a book store.
 
  • Join “Moms in Touch”.
 
  • Volunteer.
 
  • Don't play down importance of changes to your children.
 
  • Encourage children to express their fears and concerns.
 
  • Don't justify or defend the move, shoulder the blame or solve their problems.
 
  • Don't deny your child's feelings.
 
  • A slight drop in grades and regression in behavior is common.
 
  • Do your homework in advance so you can produce photo's and information on all the great new places and experiences your children can take advantage of when you make them initially aware of the move.
 
  • Tie a big bow on each door with each child's name. Take a picture for your scrapbook when they cut the bow.
 
  • Throw a house warming party.
 
  • Start your “roots”. Have the children help you plant new trees, plants, bushes, and flowers. They may inherit them some day.
 
  • Encourage your children to invite potential friends over for pizza.
 
  • Don't do away with old toys that may help the transition.
 
  • Let your children take part in decorating their own rooms. Let them pick their color pallet, you can always paint over.
 
  • Be approachable to neighbors and don't turn down invitations because you feel shy or don't know what to wear.
 
  • Communicate daily with your spouse.
 
  • When feeling depressed say these words, “Lord, I trust in you that I will not be disapointed”.
 
  • Hire a moving company that cares and has compassion.
 
 


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