Planning and executing a move is such hard work that it’s easy to neglect healthy habits while you’re doing it. You simply don’t have time to slow down long enough to take care of yourself. If you work too hard for too long during your move (or any other time), however, you’ll make yourself less effective, not more. After all, if you crash and have to work through an illness during your move, you’ll be far less effective than you would have been healthy. Your move will actually take more time than if you had just stopped every now and then to take care of yourself!
Taking the time to care for your personal health is always worth it--not just for you, but for the actual efficiency of your work, as well! The next time you move, follow each of these personal health and wellness tips every step of the way. These easy-to-follow tips will help ensure you stay healthy, happy, and efficient during your move:
Nourish your body with healthy food.
Healthy eating doesn't necessarily mean low calorie eating. We’re not telling you to go on a diet. Instead, we’re reminding you to eat the kind of food that will give you the energy you need to work hard. That means eating good, solid, and regular meals--no matter how busy you are.
Don’t rely on fast food during your move. Instead, take the time to do some meal prep before your move or every night as possible. There are plenty of great healthy meal prep guides out there to get you started. You should also make sure the easy foods and snacks you have on-hand during the move itself are nutritious and healthy. Nuts, dried fruits, smoked meats, and yogurt are all low effort and high-yield when it comes to energy-giving nutrients.
It's no surprise that staying hydrated is good for you. Our bodies are made of sixty percent water, after all. When you're busy it's easy to forget to drink enough. Any time you're feeling especially slammed, stop and take note. Ask yourself when was the last time you drank water? It's probably been too long.
Not only does hydration help you feel better, it has other benefits. It boosts skin health, delivers oxygen throughout your body, helps regular body temperature, and soothes your digestive system. Staying hydrated is probably the single most important way you can stay healthy while during any kind of work. Keep your water bottle on hand while you’re moving, and keep drinking!
Take breaks to relax.
It might feel like you need to get things done as quickly as possible, but that’s not true. If you don’t give yourself time to rest during a move, you’ll burn out. Here are a couple easy, low effort relaxation practices that can help:
- Breathe deeply. Close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose while counting to eight. Breathe out through your mouth for the same count. Do this anytime you’re feeling frazzled or overwhelmed. Repeat as needed. It’s a failsafe way to calm your mind by calming your body.
- Make time for the things you love. It might sound like a bit of a contradiction in terms, but you should schedule some relaxation time for yourself. Give yourself some time out of your way to do something you want. It could be after reaching a moving milestone, after a hard day’s work, or once after every couple of room you finish unpacking. Take breaks to do something you enjoy, and don’t allow yourself to feel guilty about it. These breaks are an important part of the moving process, too!
Invest in things that make your move easier.
Moving is hard enough if you don’t allow yourself any help. You don’t have to do everything perfectly all on your own. Look into ways you can make your move easier. Research moving companies that offer packing services. Get a storage unit to hold items you’re not sure about moving yet so you don’t get weighed down by worry. Make choices that specifically serve you and your needs.
Having a healthy move means giving yourself the space and time you need to get things done. It means making small investments that have big payoffs. It means getting that storage unit if you need it and allowing yourself to receive the help you need. For that, you can call on the team at Storage Direct. For everything else… don’t worry, you got this.