Relocation Depression is a Real Thing

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Genuine dialogue here. Moving to Little Rock to a new home is stressful under the ideal conditions. You are exiting your residence--where you've made a life for yourself along with your family--and beginning anew in a unfamiliar location. Sure, the move alone is exciting--an adrenaline rush which goes on for months as you discover a new house, pack up the existing one, and get settled with the family in their new schedules. 
Yet soon after the boxes are unpacked and you have established the best route to the dry cleaners, the new fact sets in--you are in a new location, and your friends and social life are back in your previous area--the spot you at present dream of as "home". And everything appears off kilter--there is a feeling of being out of place, and you're uncertain if it's a physical or emotional place, but it is simply not right. It is not home.

These kind of warning signs can be more than the post-move blues. It's possible that you've got something known as "relocation depression". Relocation depression is a real thing--the onset is after pretty much all the hubbub of the move disperses--and needs to be taken seriously and diagnosed if you can't get rid of it by yourself.  

Symptoms to Watch For

These are generally some of the symptoms to watch out for, the presence of several of these over a couple of week time indicates you need to get some professional help. 

You Can't Get Out of Bed 

When you do, you're fatigued and really do not have the vigor to get through your day. Sleep loss is another sign of depression; you are exhausted continuously, but you cannot get to sleep. Or you are able to sleep--12 hours at a stretch and you're still lethargic. 

Absence of Interest in Anything 

In your past house or town, you had your schedule along with your stuff--work, pals, interests--that loaded your weeks. Now, you have your job, but your good friends didn't accompany you and it's difficult to be passionate about your hobbies if, similar to a third-grader, you do not have anybody to play with. Adults needs pals too, so don't feel bad or remorseful that you're a bit lonely. 

If you just can't get enthusiastic about anything--hobbies, work, making new friends, interacting with family--likelihood is it is a symptom of depression. Combined with the blahs comes being unable to concentrate--if something might catch your interest, it wouldn't last but a few minutes and you would zone out. 

Unwillingness to Depart from your House 

The new house is your safe haven, and you just wouldn't like to leave it. Besides, you've got television shows for binging, and social networking to check. Social media is a double-edged sword as it enables you to keep up with buddies, however it can also facilitate and abet in your staying in rather than finding new friends.  

How to Overcome Relocation Depression

There are some things you can do to remove the fog, so attempt these and determine if you feel better. 

Get Some Exercise--Active people feel healthier, so get out and just walk around the block a couple of times a day. In case you have a dog this is a built-in reason to get outside. Build up that outside time daily. 

Decrease or Do away with Alcohol--This is a depressant, so it's wise to stay away from it until you are feeling better. 

Connect with People--Take a program or join a newcomers group. Volunteer--extra hands and skills are usually welcome. Just a couple new contacts creates a big difference. 

Try out Something New--Go to galleries, cafes, cinema, restaurants--explore your new area and get to know it. Staying busy is similar to exercise--it keeps the adrenaline moving along and you will have more energy. 

In case these home remedies do not help, look for a counselor. Relocation depression is no scam, and neglected, can get out of hand into something even worse. You understand yourself better than anyone, and when things aren't quite right, focus on your body and mind. Moving to Little Rock is considered one of life's most traumatic events, however it does not have to become a reason for sadness or depression.


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