Whether you’re an introvert or an
extrovert, sometimes figuring out how to meet new neighbors can feel
intimidating. You’re already moved to a new place, and things are a bit out of
sorts, so your confidence and creativity might not be at their peak. It can be
especially difficult to meet new folks in a new city because you’re still
getting to know the new terrain.
We often take for granted how effortless
our existing friendships may be in a city where we have roots and history.
Then, when you add today’s digital culture where people spend more face time
with their phones and computers than with people, it can be hard to make new
friends. We get it! Here is our helpful and fun list of things you can do to break
the ice with your new neighbors.
about your interests. Do you like hiking? Well, strap on a backpack and head to
the local trailhead. Do you like reading? Consider joining a book club or
hosting a monthly gathering to discuss the latest titles. Is there another
interest you’ve been considering, like learning French? Well, this is the
perfect time to take a class! Finding friends who have similar interests will
accelerate getting to know one another.
the dog regularly. Barring any crazy weather, getting out with your pet can be
one of the best ways to meet the new neighbors (plus, your dog will love you
for it). Check out new paths for the week. Maybe try walking at various times.
This is a great way to get some fresh air, clear your head, and make a
the local gym. You don’t have to be a fitness buff to want to get in shape or
shed a few pounds. The gym can be a great place to meet new people. Trainers
and exercisers alike usually know a lot about the city and could introduce you
to folks with similar interests.
an act of kindness. Did you notice that your neighbor has some yard clippings
that could be brought to the curb? Do they need snow shoveled from their
sidewalk? Maybe their newspaper is still lying in the street. Sometimes a small
act of kindness can go a long way to making a new friend and striking up a
Lastly, let’s get old-fashioned. There’s
something to be said for simply walking over to your new neighbor’s front door
and knocking (novel, right?). Introduce yourself and let them know you just
moved into the neighborhood. You could swap phone numbers and toss in a few
questions (be friendly, not nosey) about the area to get a conversation going.
It’s simple but effective.
And, hey, if you’re the new neighbor and see someone who has just moved in, maybe take a step outside and introduce yourself to make it a little easier on the new guy. Everyone could use a new friend. Who knows? Your next best friend might be right around the corner. If you are planning on moving to a new neighborhood soon, give Zippy Shell a call! We’ll be sure to make moving and storage simple for you so you can focus on making friends with your new neighbors!
Everyone knows a big move can be one of life’s most challenging events, both physically and emotionally. So if you feel stressed or anxious during a move, that is perfectly normal. Many times just the sheer physical exhaustion of moving is enough to throw you into a temporary funk. Making a move can indicate a positive change in our life, like a new job or a new relationship. Still, no matter how positive you expect the move to be, there can be pre-existing depression or even a new feeling of depression that moves with us. It can also happen to anyone, so there is no shame if you begin to feel down during a big move. If you have recognized and determined that you are suffering from relocation depression, here are some things to focus on.
- Feelings of depression or anxiety
are often heightened when you are rushed or forced to move quicker than comfortable.
Allow plenty of time to prepare for your move and start the process as early as
you can. Expect to need time after the move to get back to normal. If you can,
book some time off work to unpack and recover from the physical and mental
effort. It will give you space to adjust to the changes.
- Try to carve out space in your new
home that will automatically “feel like home.” Set up a favorite rug, blanket,
or pictures that make you feel like you are home. Having this little bit of
comfort can help your new home feel safer and more settled. Find a way to
integrate the things you love in your new home’s design, and you will see how
quickly the space will gain personality and warmth.
- Recreate some of your old routines.
You may have a big desire to push ahead with unpacking, but it might be better
for your mental health to stay on an established schedule. Little things such
as familiar meals, regular exercise routines, reaching out to friends and
family that you usually talk to can go a long way towards easing the
transition. In other words, do the things that made you happy in your old
place, even if you have to do them in a new way.
- Find something to be excited about
in your new city. Put on your tourist hat and head out and do all the touristy
things your new city has to offer. This has the added benefit of giving you a
chance to familiarize yourself with the city. Walking increases calmness, so
explore the walkable sections of your new city on foot!
- Try to make relationships in your
new city by getting involved with local interest groups, taking a class,
volunteering, or extending invitations to neighbors and coworkers to hang out.
Just be sure to set realistic expectations about the amount of time it takes to
foster new relationships; it can be tricky!
- Above all else, if your relocation
depression or anxiety is debilitating or lingers longer than you think it
should, speak with a professional. You may need additional help.
Moving is stressful, and we want to make sure that we
go above and beyond what the competition does to ensure your satisfaction. Zippy Shell
is here to take the stress out of your move allowing you to focus on your
physical and emotional health during this exciting time. Give us a call today
to see how we can help make your move simple.