Written by Serena Berger
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Moving is likely to be one of the most stressful events in your entire life. Studies place it just after the death of a loved one and divorce as the third greatest source of stress likely to be faced by an average person. Putting aside your probable indignation at being called average, think about that for a minute. Magnify the stress you feel over a project or impending deadline at work, an unpleasant boss, an important exam, or a break-up and you'll have a sense of the emotional and physical results that can plague you when you have to deal with moving.

Moving Is Stressful for the Whole Family

Even when you want to relocate, it's not easy. If you have a family, chances are not every person in the household is equally excited about a move, either. If both parents are lucky enough to feel good about new jobs, the kids may be miserable about being forced to change schools and move away from friends. If you're moving because one partner got a great new job offer, the other may not know yet what he or she is going to do in the new city. People often feel fear and suppressed resentment which results in increased irritability, insomnia and other physical symptoms, and potentially serious depression.

Professional movers should be able to take care of some of the logistical aspects of moving and decrease your stress, but you should not ignore the other emotional and psychological aspects. Statistics indicate that about half of all women and a third of all men admit to experiencing some form of stress which they would call serious and problematic, so you can assume that even more actually experience it. Children often find it even worse. Pets, too, feel the stress of moving, and need extra love and reassurance to keep them from displaying abnormal and destructive behaviors--both toward themselves and your belongings.

Plan as far ahead as you can for your move. This decreases stress because you won't have the adrenaline pumping as you hurry to do things, and more importantly, it means you will have time to rest, relax, and regroup as a family during the days before the move. Choose your mover wisely--pick one that understands the stresses of moving and has the client testimonials to prove that they will take care of your belongings and respect you and your family as stressed out human beings, too.

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