Relocation Depression is a Real Thing

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Genuine conversation here. Moving to Oklahoma City to a new home is nerve-racking given the ideal circumstances. You are leaving your home--where you've made a life for yourself and your loved ones--and starting off anew in a strange location. Without a doubt, the move on its own is exhilarating--an adrenaline rush which goes on for weeks or months while you discover a new home, load up the existing one, and get settled with your loved ones into their new schedules. 
 
However after the boxes are unpacked and you've determined the most effective route to the dry cleaners, the new reality sets in--you're in a new place, and your good friends and social life are back in your previous area--the location you at present consider as "home". And everything seems off kilter--there's a feeling of being out of place, and you're uncertain if it's a physical or psychological place, but it's just not right. It isn't home.

These kind of symptoms can be more than the post-move doldrums. It is possible that you may have something called "relocation depression". Relocation depression is a real thing--the starting point is after most of the hubbub of the move simmers down--and must be taken seriously and treated if you can't shake it by yourself.  

Indicators to Watch For

These are typically a few of the warning signs to look for, the appearance of several of these over a couple of week period means it's time to receive some professional help. 

You Simply Can't Get Out of Bed 

When you do, you may be lethargic and truly do not have the vigor to get through the day. Insomnia can be another symptom of depression; you may be worn out constantly, however you can't go to sleep. Or you are able to sleep--12 hours at a time and you are still worn out. 

Lack of Interest in Anything 

In your former residence or community, you had your normal routine and your stuff--work, pals, interests--that loaded your days. Currently, you have got your job, however your good friends didn't come with you and it's hard to get passionate about your interests if, similar to a third-grader, you don't have anyone to play with. Adults needs buddies too, so don't feel bad or remorseful that you happen to be a little lonely. 

If you just can't get focused on anything--activities, work, finding new pals, interacting with family--odds are it's really a sign of depression. Together with the blahs comes being unable to think straight--if something could get your attention, it wouldn't keep going but a couple of minutes and you would zone out. 

Reluctance to Leave your Home 

The new home is your refuge, and you simply don't wish to leave it. Besides, you have got TV shows for binging, and your social network to check. Social networking is often a double-edged sword in that it lets you stay informed about friends, however it can also support and abet in your staying in and not making new friends.  

How to Combat Relocation Depression

There are certain things you can do to lift the haze, so test these and determine if you feel better. 

Get Some Exercise--Active people feel better, so get out and just stroll two or three times each day. For those who have a dog it's a built-in reason to get outside. Build up that outside time every day. 

Reduce or Eliminate Alcohol--This is a depressant, therefore it is advisable to steer clear of it until you are feeling better. 

Connect with People--Take a program or join a newcomers group. Volunteer--extra hands and abilities are usually welcome. Just a couple new acquaintances will make a significant difference. 

Try out Something New--Go to museums, coffee shops, theater, restaurants--explore your new community and get to know it. Being occupied is like exercise--it keeps the adrenaline moving along and you should have more energy. 

In case these home cures really don't help, locate a professional. Relocation depression is no joke, and not dealt with, will get out of hand into something even worse. You know yourself better than anyone, and if things aren't quite right, pay attention to your body and mind. Moving to Oklahoma City is considered one of life's most stressful events, but it does not have to become a cause for unhappiness or depression.

 

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