They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life.  Here are some things you can do to help you relax and de-stress during the process.

Me time.  If you have a busy job and/or a family, it can feel like you’re always rushing around, always at work, always running around for other people but not finding time for yourself.  Dr Rangan Chatterjee in his book The Four Pillar Plan recommends that people spend 15 minutes on “Me Time” every day.  That will be different for different people.  It could be taking a bath, sitting and listening to music, doing an activity or craft that you love.  Taking a small amount of time out for Me Time can mean you feel refreshed and more productive for the rest of your day.

Be active.  Moving your body is a great way to de-stress.  Any form will do and there are many to choose from.  The best form of exercise is the kind that you enjoy as enjoyment will motivate you to do it regularly.  If you don’t like running, don’t run.  Just try out different classes and see what you like.  Yoga and pilates are good to wind down.  There are outdoor gyms in many local parks and being outside in nature is also good to de-stress.  Going for a walk, particularly in a green space is also great to unwind.  Being outside in green spaces and/or being out in the sun or fresh air has a calming and uplifting effect.

Meditating.  Meditating is becoming popular nowadays and scientific studies have shown that regular meditation has many benefits including a clearer mind, less stress, better concentration and better sleep.  Apps such as Calm and Headspace offer guided meditations which are easily accessible so you don’t have to be a monk to try it out.  Or it can be as simple as sitting in silence and focusing on your breath for a few minutes.

Colouring in.  Adult colouring books have become popular recently.  Colouring in is a peaceful way to unwind at the end of the day and brings back memories of childhood.

Gratitude.  Spending time at the end of the day to reflect on what has gone well that day and what you’re thankful for is a good way to de-stress and put you in a more positive frame of mind.  It can help you to slow down your mind and focus on the good things that are in your life.  It can be as simple as having a small notebook (a gratitude journal) by your bedside table and listing three things you are thankful for each night before you go to bed.

Play.  Play is great for de-stressing.  In the evenings, a board game or game card with friends is a great way to spend an evening (Jungle Speed is one of my favourites).  In the summer, a game of rounders or throwing a Frisbee around is a great way to spend time with friends and get some outdoor time at the same time.

During the conveyancing process, we aim to make the process run as smoothly and as stress-free as is possible and we are always on hand to answer your questions.

If you are buying or selling, please contact Brian Craig on 020 7703 5034 or for timely advice.

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