New House, New Challenges: Stress & Life Changes Great Lakes Psychology Group
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New House, New Challenges: Stress & Life Changes

New House Stress

According to the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, moving is the third most stressful life event, preceded by death and divorce, yet one-sixth of all Americans, an estimated 45.3 million people, move each year. The majority of Americans who move do so for employment-related reasons, the rest for housing-related purposes. Moving out, moving up, or moving down, Americans are a nation on the move.

Moving can be both physically and mentally stressful. For children, new schools, new sleeping arrangements, and new friends may seem exciting or daunting. For adults, increased financial responsibility, a change in jobs, a longer commute, and childcare responsibilities can all prove stressful.  And that is in addition to finding a new home, securing financing, packing your belongings, having a moving sale, the actual move itself, the unpacking, and getting settled in.

For families experiencing an economic downturn, the shame over a foreclosure or short sale, guilt of uprooting a family, or feeling like a failure for having to move in with friends or relatives increase the stress of moving. Cracks may appear in solid marriages, underlying issues may be exacerbated in more fragile relationships.

New House Stress symptoms to watch out for:

  • Feelings of anxiety, irritability, fear, moodiness, or embarrassment.
  • Changes to the thought process, including self-criticism, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, forgetfulness, preoccupation with the future, repetitive thoughts, and fear of failure.
  • Behavioral Changes like crying, increased or decreased appetite, acting impulsively, alcohol or drug use, teeth grinding stuttering or other speech difficulties, and being more accident-prone.
  • Physical issues may include sleep disturbances, tight muscles, headaches, fatigue, cold or sweaty hands, back or neck problems, GI distress, being more susceptible to colds, pounding or racing heart, trembling hands, and dry mouth.
  • Stress can also lead to lead to increased blood sugar levels.

Stress is considered America’s leading health problem. Some level of anxiety is normal when experiencing a major life change; however, if the stress levels increase or last for longer than a few months, it may be time to seek professional help. Pre-move therapy for individuals with existing anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, or OCD is often recommended.

Starting therapy to manage your new house stress can be helpful.  Once the therapist you meet with has an understanding of your specific circumstances, they will recommend a course of action. There has never been a better time to schedule a consultation with us to help make your move less stressful for you and your family.

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Great Lakes Psychology Group is here to help. With an extensive network of caring therapists available to meet online or in-person, we make it easy to find the right fit for your unique needs.