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Minimizing stress during a Move

Moving in or moving out, both are stressful. Whether you are moving from one apartment to other, or shifting from a city altogether, you are sure to feel stressed out and anxious.

Students who live in a hostel or as a paying guest know what significance a place has in our lives. The place where we live becomes a part of our lives and we tend to find comfort there. But when it comes to moving or shifting, there is certainly a lot that goes on. The packing, unpacking, disturbance and the inner feelings of nostalgia all come together and we start to feel all the more stressed out.

The reality is we can make moving into an exciting and learning experience. It merely requires few efforts from our side, few of them are listed here:

The Right Attitude

If moving is NOT your decision, then it is more obvious that you would feel anxious and sad. However, try to look at it from a different perspective. You HAVE to move, whether you like it or you don’t, so why not do it with a happy face. Think of all the new people you would meet at the new place, the new eateries, new resources and new experiences. You might create a better life there hopefully.

Explore the new area

Moving at a place about which you don’t know much can be scary. To avoid this, visit the place you are moving to prior to your move. Look for local restaurants, banks, ATMs, pharmacists, salons, etc and you wouldn’t be entirely new to the place when you move.

Planning is the key

Most people lose their nerves at the time of packing. To avoid that here are a few tips

  • Start collecting boxes prior to your move, or always have some empty ones with you
  • Declutter your stuff. Clutter not only makes your surroundings negative but it becomes a mess to pack unwanted things. Get rid of stuff that you don’t need or use anymore. Donate or recycle.
  • Keep similar things in separate boxes. Like chargers and cables in one box, toiletries, scarves, books, fragile items in separate boxes.
  • Before moving, visit the place you are moving to and decide what should be kept where in advance.

Packers and Movers

Consider hiring a packer and mover if you are shifting from one city to another. They pack your things safely and transfer them safely too. However, if you are shifting within a city, you can always ask for help from your friends.

Seek emotional support

Feeling overwhelmed before, while or after moving is natural. So do not feel sad all the time and seek help from your family and friends. After all, they are meant to be a part of your every life transition. Do not alienate yourself completely.

Set up a routine

After you have moved and unpacked, try to establish a routine. Your old routine might not suit at the new place, so try to make the most of your time.

Remember the only constant in life is change. We all move at some point in time or other, so it is better to accept the change is welcome transitions of life. What you consider an end is a new beginning.

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Dream another Dream, but Read this First!

Dreams are an important part of our life and have created a lot of curiosity around them. People often wonder what they mean, how they occur and how can they be dealt with.
Ritika SrivastavaTeentalkindia Counsellor

“All human beings are also Dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.” – Jack Kerouac

Dreams are pieces of information which are experienced while sleeping, specifically during two hours of the Rapid Eye Movement period. There are several theories which explain dreams and how they function. Sigmund Freud’s theory of dreams is one of the most common and grounded theory known to humankind.

According to him, dreams are an expression of our hidden emotions, wishes and desires which emerge from our unconscious mind (the part of our brain which is not easily accessible to us). Some other theories imply that dreams occur when the brain is reorganizing information and forming memories while also doing problem solving.

Human beings have always been curious about dreams and their interpretations. The nature of dreams can be frightening, aggressive, linked to failure, joyful, fulfilling, futuristically embedded with good fortune, threatening, enjoyable, vivid and likewise. Often dreams are forgotten when we wake up.

Let’s look at some facts about dreams!

  1. In our dreams, we see people/faces that we know. Our brain is incapable of creating new faces in dreams. You may not recognize all the faces you see, but you may have passed by them at some point in your lives.

  2. Your brain Is more active when asleep compared to when you are awake. It seems unlikely for this to happen, but it’s true. The brain tends you do problem solving, memorize events, go back in time and process information gathered when the brain was awake and so on.

  3. Men and women dream differently. For example, men may dream more about other men while women may dream equally of both. Women are also known to have slightly longer dreams than men.

  4. Dreams are often symbolic of what has happened, happening or might happen in your life. These also indicate unfulfilled desires, fears, emotions and thoughts.

  5. Dreams may also ignite creative problem solving or lead to artistic, poetic, or even other inventions.

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Want to remember your dreams? Try these!

  1. Sleep and wake up at the same time everday.

  2. Get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep

  3. Maintain a dream journal where you can write down your dreams as soon as you wake up in the morning.

  4. You can also voice record, draw or sketch your dreams out in the morning.

  5. Keep your dream journal with you all day so that you can note down anything you recall at any time.

  6. Stay still when you wake up without any movement. This will help you focus on remembering your dream.

Dreams are considered to be a pathway to understanding deep rooted and unidentified concerns, thoughts, emotions, feelings, desires, fears, anxieties, wishes and likewise. Dreams are meaningful and sometimes may also cause discomfort in our sleep or even after waking up. If something seems to be troubling you in your dreams, you can talk to a professional about it and discuss them at length. Stay aware, stay curious, dream away!

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