People often associate relocation as going beyond your comfort zone – and it can feel overwhelming in more ways than one.
Whether you’re moving due to an attractive job opportunity or you need a breath of fresh air in a new city, packing along the right attitude and heeding this helpful advice can have you settling into your new life in no time.
1. Start off on the right foot
The faster you unpack and organise your belongings, the sooner you can start settling in. This will give you some much-needed sense of normalcy despite being in a foreign environment.
2. Know your limits
If you’ve relocated for a job, you may want to prove your capabilities at work as fast as possible. But the last you want to do is end up feeling burnt out from shouldering too many responsibilities at once.
Instead, pace yourself as you familiarise yourself with the new work environment and culture (that goes for WFH jobs, too!). Bottom line: Before you find yourself agreeing to as many opportunities as you can, don’t forget to take your mental health and limits in consideration as well.
3. Count your blessings
When you’ve made a big, impactful decision to uproot your entire life into a new destination, it’s normal to feel lonely or out of place. In short, your uncomfortable feelings are valid. But it’s also an ideal time to start counting your blessings and take note of all the things to be grateful for.
Take your job relocation, for example. This opportunity has opened many doors for you, such as getting career exposure as well as a change in scenery. After all, at the edge of your comfort zone is where you’ll learn and grow the most. Through all these experiences, you’re slowly expanding your horizons as well.
4. Take a tour around your neighbourhood
Discover what your new area has to offer you. As you walk around, locate stores that are essential to your immediate needs, such as the pharmacy, grocery store and banks. Once you’ve taken note of where everything is, you will feel more comfortable knowing where to get your needs met.
You can also ask your fellow colleagues or neighbours to bring you around, as it’ll ease the confusion of walking around by yourself and getting lost. Plus, they might let you in on some insider secrets.
5. Familiarise yourself with the transportation options
Navigating around an unfamiliar city can always be a bit tricky at first. To start, figure out the fastest route for the daily commute through the different buses or various subway lines can take some trial and error. Then, take some time to get used to the public transportation system, as it’ll enable you to explore your new hometown with confidence and ease. And remember your friend, Google Maps!