How to Cope with Relocation Depression After a Big Move

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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.

Best Restaurants in the Piedmont Triad

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In recent years, the Piedmont Triad has become an increasingly popular place for people of all ages to move to. It is a great location that gives you access to explore the three major cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point without ever leaving home! This area also has numerous trendy restaurants that explore all types of foods to satisfy your cravings. If you are moving to the Piedmont Triad area, here are some restaurants you need to try out while you are exploring your new city.

Crafted – Art of the Taco

Crafted offers a variety of tacos with interesting flavor combinations using the freshest local ingredients available. They have locations in both Greensboro and Winston-Salem. 

Emma Key’s Flat Top Grill

In what used to be a 1950’s barbershop in Greensboro, Emma Key’s serves incredible burgers with names like Hotel California and Big Kahuna, and toppings like slaw and guac, chili and grilled onions, grilled tomatoes and all the regular condiments.

The Tavern in Old Salem

This family operated restaurant features dishes inspired by the Moravian families living in Salem in the 19th century. Waitstaff wearing historic Moravian attire serve locally farmed food and drinks in an upscale casual environment.

Smith Street Diner

Serving all-day breakfast and diner food, they pride themselves in providing patrons with scratch-made food put together with lots of love and talent. Smith Street Diner is conveniently located near all of the downtown Greensboro hot spots, including Elm Street, LeBauer Park, the Downtown Greenway, and First National Bank Field, the home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Claddagh Bar and Restaurant

Visit an Irish Pub located in High Point where you can find Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and bangers and mash. For a real weekend treat, pop in on a Sunday to try the traditional Irish breakfast from their brunch menu. 

Southern Roots Incorporated

Located on the outskirts of High Point in Jamestown, the exterior of this restaurant looks like an old general store which adds to the rustic charm. They have the coasts covered with numerous seafood treats like fried oysters and seafood risotto. Of course, the North Carolina original shrimp and grits also make an appearance.

Hops Burger Bar

If the award-winning burgers don’t convince you just how epic this Greensboro restaurant is, their ten different types of fries will!

Green Valley Grill

Connected to and located right beside the O. Henry Hotel, this cozy restaurant offers a neat fusion of southern food with a modern, upscale twist.

Sushi Republic

Located on Tate Street, Sushi Republic is an award-winning sushi restaurant in the heart of Greensboro. The folks here will be happy to tutor you in Sushi 101 as they wrap the extensive menu items in seaweed sheets or allow you to create your own roll.

Osteria

This Greensboro restaurant boasts an extensive selection of handmade pastas including traditional items such as ravioli, strozzapreti, tagliolini, gnocchi and fettuccine with sauces that are made fresh daily.

Blue Water Grille

The cuisine here blends influences from France, Asia, the Caribbean, and Cajun country making it the perfect place for a special night out in High Point.

There are so many restaurants in the eclectic Piedmont Triad, each of them unique and very, very delicious. What are you waiting for?

Moving before the school year starts with your kids

Most families choose to move over the summer, that way their kids don’t have to transfer schools during the school year.  When the time comes when you move and your kids have to finally transfer, it may be very hard on them.  Use some of these tips to help ease the move.

Try to keep as many old items as possible

This includes furniture, comforters, toys, and anything else from your old home.  Buying new furniture will make the kids feel even less at home than they already are.

Replicate

Coming off of this, replicate the rooms from your old home.  If possible, set up your furniture in the same directions as they were previously.  You should also try to organize your kitchen cabinets in a similar way so that the children don’t get confused.

Keep a routine

Eat your meals at the same times as you did before.  Little things such as meals and tv time can go a long way to make them feel comfortable.

Help them get situated

Have them meet some of their teachers as well as your new neighbors to get to know the people they will be around most.

Get involved

Sign your child up for community activities or sports teams to get to know more kids their age.  They will end up making lots of new friends as well as finding something they enjoy doing.

Be there for them

Let them know that you understand how difficult this process is.  It is very hard to go through and you just have to be there for them and help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Store Your Items with Zippy Shell While Selling Your Home

A customer in the Piedmont Triad area was in the process of selling their home. Prior to putting their house on the market, they needed to declutter and resurface their floors. They needed extra storage space to keep all their belongings during the renovation and home selling process. During the renovation, Zippy Shell delivered three storage containers to their home and loaded up all the belongings that needed to be stored.
Until the day they moved to their new home, Zippy Shell safely stored their items at one of our secure climate-controlled storage facilities. Zippy Shell then delivered their items right to their new home, where we helped them unload everything and bring it into their new home.
Zippy Shell allowed the customer to make the process of selling their old home and moving into a new home as smooth as possible.  If you are looking to sell your home and need extra storage space while doing so to make your home as presentable as possible, get a quote with Zippy Shell today!

Store your Stuff with Zippy Shell During your Move!

A customer in the Piedmont Triad area needed storage in between home closings. Once they moved out of their home, they needed storage space for the period they were transitioning to their new home. Luckily, Zippy Shell was able to deliver two portable storage containers right to the customer’s home. Our moving and storage professionals loaded up the shells and brought them back to our climate-controlled storage facility.
Once the customer had moved into their new home, Zippy Shell safely delivered their storage units! The shells were unloaded in less than 2 hours and the customer was pleased we had the ability to pick them up the same day. This efficiency allowed the customer to make a smooth transition into their new home.
If you are moving to a new home, have Zippy Shell help you do it.  We can help store and transport your belongings at your convenience.  Get a quote here today!

Activities to do in Atlanta

Moving into the Atlanta area?  You need to try out some of these activities to get to know your city a little better!
Atlanta Braves Game
Everyone can enjoy a baseball game with friends or family.  Go watch a game to support your new home team!
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Learn about all the different aspects of history including dinosaurs, cultures, hands-on science adventures and more!
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park
Learn all about the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and his leadership in the civil rights movement.
Piedmont Park
Enjoy a nice walk through a forest while staying within your city.  Sightsee, get some exercise, take your dog to the dog park, get local produce at the farmer’s market and more!
Six Flags Over Georgia
Channel your inner adventurer with dozens of rides including roller coasters, water rides, and rides for the kids too!
The Shops Buckhead Atlanta
Shop at over 60 designer stores and boutiques for all the latest new trends.
Zoo Atlanta
Visit for activities such as learning about the animals and their conservation efforts, zoo yoga, treetop climbing trails, and more!
Atlanta Nightlife
Check out all the fun festivities Atlanta has to offer at night.  This includes restaurants, bars, concerts, and so much more.