Friday, June 30, 2006

Positive Attitude Helps Cope with Stress of Moving

Fact: Moving is stressful. In fact, moving ranks right behind divorce or a death in the family as a major source of stress. Learn how some families - including one who has moved eight times in the last 12 years - deal with the stress of moving by keeping a positive attitude.

Some interesting takeaways: The children have displayed more angst about moving as they've grown older but they've grown closer as siblings. Moving forces you to "reorganize and set new goals".

Tips: "Pre-plan; make moving an adventure; frame moving in a positive light and quickly involve yourself in the good things of the new community". Subscribe to the local newspaper the day you arrive in your new location. Volunteer at a school or with a local/community organization. Host a neighborhood party for families living in the area. Start a reading club. Explore the local parks and trails.

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