Whether you are moving schools, towns,
or continents, moving is a big deal. It can be
exciting, but a lot changes and it takes time to feel comfortable with everything you have left
behind. You have just moved to a new
you have lost the old place you moved from.
This can be hard to deal
with. Here are some things can you do to help:
Take action. Get involved in community activist groups. Go to protests. Reach out to politicians. Educate your friends and family. Do something that will make a change. Taking action can help you relieve stress by making you feel like you are actually working towards a positive future.
Acknowledge the loss. Often when we think about
we don’t think about the loss that
happens. We could be losing connections with friends, family, familiar places, our sense of
who we are even. It’s im
portant to acknowledge this and accept this loss.
Be comfortable with your emotions. Even if you are excited to move, you can be caught off
guard by your emotions. This is normal and expected. Emotions might come in waves.
Some days you might feel fine a
nd other days you will miss your old life. This is okay.
Be ready to feel uncomfortable. The biggest part of moving is that everything suddenly feels
unfamiliar. Your life has changed, everything around you is different. You can feel like an
alien in you
r new home. It can be strange and disorientating, but don’t worry, it is a normal
part of the moving process.
Keep the familiar. Stay in contact with friends and family from back home. Keeping familiar
faces in your life will make you feel normal. Gettin
g their support is so important. Let them
know how you are feeling about the move
the highs and the lows.
Know that things can take time. Moving is a long process. It can take years for things to feel
normal again, to feel like you
in your new h
ome, to move on from the loss of your old
life. Don’t get frustrated if things don’t feel normal for a while.
Hang in there
Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!
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for you today, then just jump on! You will be
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space where you can be yourself and uncover
what is important to you. You have all the answers. Let us help you find your way.