Moving is one of the most stressful things we can do, but sometimes that stress is worth it. Rethinking your life (and location) is a big endeavor. Why do you live where you do? What about that works for you? What doesn't? We move for a variety of reasons, and whatever yours is, we'll give you five reasons why moving might be the right choice for you.
1. Find a change of scenery
Your home, neighborhood, and surroundings all have a huge impact on your quality of life—sometimes they’ll contribute to your happiness, while other times they’ll leave you feeling unfulfilled or unmotivated. Moving offers a fresh change of scenery that can recharge and boost your mood.
Consider moving to a quiet and nature-filled neighborhood if you’re in need of a peaceful environment or move closer to a major city for the hustle and bustle. While there’s no perfect location, leaving an unfulfilling environment can drastically improve your mental health.
2. Get out of your comfort zone
Comfort zones seem like a safe place, but spoiler alert: they’re not. Instead, they can be stagnant routines that block us from true happiness. If you’re feeling stuck in your comfort zone, it may be time for a move.
It can be intimidating at first, but the challenges you’ll face, like navigating a new city, locating the nearest grocery store, and meeting new people will force you to step out of your comfort zone and shape you to be empowered, self-reliant, and confident. We’re happiest when we’re learning new things or overcoming challenges—getting out of your comfort zone will give you both.
3. Find a healthy support system
If you want to build new relationships, make a move. Moving is a great way to meet new people and develop a support system. Social support systems are important bonds that make it easier to manage tough or stressful situations. Take advantage of your new surroundings and meet new people by volunteering in the community, joining clubs related to your interests, or simply speaking to a stranger. Whichever you do, finding a group of like-minded people will provide comfort, encouragement, and a sense of safety.
4. Have new life experiences
Pack up and move for meaningful experiences. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore new cultures, try new activities, and eat foods you normally wouldn’t. These experiences help you see the world differently and are a perfect way to grow a positive mindset, appreciate the world, and practice being happy wherever you are.
5. Pursue financial freedom
Let’s talk money. If that statement alone has your heart racing, you might consider moving. Money is known to be the top cause of stress in the United States, so if you have an opportunity to earn more in another city, take it. Moving to a city with a low cost of living will let you put your money towards things that matter most to you, like spending time with family or investing. A move that reduces your stress about money is also one that will contribute to increased happiness.
Although moving can be your ticket to a fresh start, making the decision to leave everything behind comes with preparation, planning, and (sometimes) pep talks. Thoroughly research your options: Where do you want to live? What do you hope to gain? And once you’ve made your final decision, pack your bags, take a deep breath, and start living.