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Moving to a new school or home

Whether you moving to a new home or school the experience is pretty much the same – it feels super weird for a while then eventually you get used to it. And I know you are probably reading this thinking “yeah right”. But seriously it’s true. I moved schools, homes and even continents, it is the same every time – it’s uncomfortable at first and it becomes normal.

At the start it is going to be strange; nothing feels familiar. You can feel lost, you can feel like you are not yourself anymore. This is part of the moving process – it is normal and expected. Don’t fight it. You might take weeks, months or even years before you feel fully comfortable with your new situation.

In the meantime, talk to someone about it, your parents, a counsellor – anyone that you feel comfortable telling. Keeping your thoughts and feeling bottled up will only make it harder for you.

Keep things that remind you of your previous life. It can be a lamp or a daily routine, just something that brings you comfort. Keeping things or habits that are familiar helps remind us of who we are despite everything around us being foreign and strange.

Remember, this is exciting. Moving brings a lot of uncertainty into your life, but it also brings plenty of possibilities. I know you are probably scared of everything that could go wrong but remind yourself of everything that can go right. You can meet new friends, find new hobbies, or discover a new side of yourself. It might not seem like it now, but be patient, things have a strange way of working themselves out.

For now, just take care of yourself, and soon enough you’ll be okay.

Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!

Here are some things that can help you with that.

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Great
reads

New Kid In School by Ruth McNally Barshaw
Moving to a new house? Bad. Being the new kid? Worse.Ellie's family is moving to a new town, and Ellie is sure she won't fit in at school.

Diary of A Wimpy Kd
This book will help you realise that there are many simple things you can do in order to navigate life effectively.

Anastasia Again!
Twelve-year-old Anastasia is horrified at her family's decision to move from their city apartment to a house in the suburbs.

Great
Films

Princess Protection Program
Carter Mason and her father share a great relationship, until one fine day, their lives change drastically when they are entrusted with a task of attending to a princess

Inside Out
Eleven-year-old Riley moves to San Francisco. She and her five core emotions, Fear, Anger, Joy, Disgust and Sadness, struggle to cope with her new life.

Zapped
Zoey struggles to adjust to her new school and life with her new stepfather and stepbrothers.

Spotify

Just remember you're a force of nature and everything is going to be okay - this playlist will help remind you of this

Podcasts

Teenager Therapy
Five stressed, sleep deprived, yet energetic teens sit down and talk about the struggles that come with being a teenager.

Anything Goes
Thoughts, conversations, and advice on topics from relationships and dealing with failure.

On Purpose with Jay Shetty
Maya Shankar sits down with Jay Shetty and talks about How to Embrace Change Gracefully & Find Purpose in Difficult Times

Places to find more resources

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