Surviving a Move; Tips for physical and mental health during a move
Moving is no joke.. to pack up everything you own (how is there so much stuff?!) and transport it all to a brand new location (that you are expected to suddenly call home) can be very stressful. Here are some tips to get through unharmed!
Have a good support system! Friends and family (especially muscular, patient friends and family) come in very handy when you have large furniture to fit through small doors.. Just remember to repay them with food, drink or hugs!
Listen to your body and know your limits! There is nothing worse than your eyes being bigger than your muscles.. Is that a saying? Injuring yourself will just make a move harder, so remember to have proper form while lifting, pay attention to those aches and pains and don’t be afraid to ask for help (see support system above). It might also be a good idea to book an appointment with your massage therapist or physiotherapist in the days following a big move to make sure that you did, in fact, make it out unscathed.
Eat a well-balanced diet – I know this can be difficult when your entire fridge is packed up, but do your best to pick good options from restaurants and grocery stores to keep your energy up. This will also reduce the likelihood of injury by preventing unnecessary inflammation in the body. Have food intolerances? These don’t go away during moves, so make sure to have easy snacks on hand to keep yourself going. Include protein and healthy carbohydrates to maintain muscle function and energy! Need a quick pick me up? Try some No-bake Energy Bites: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/239969/no-bake-energy-bites/
Everyone has told me that getting your bedroom and bed prepared are the MOST important things when in the middle of a move. Provide yourself with a safe haven to escape to, and allow for proper sleep to allow the body to heal and recover after the increase in physical activity. Need help in this area? Keep the kettle handy and make yourself some soothing teas like chamomile or lemon balm.
Invest in high quality anti-inflammatory and adrenal supplements to reduce the risk of injury and maintain energy. There are MANY herbs and supplements on the market touting these benefits, but some of my favourites are Curcumin, Rhodiola, Ashwangandha and Astragalus. Book in with your Naturopathic doctor to find out what herbs work best for you and your symptoms!
Remember to contact me or book an appointment if you needed/wanted anymore information on any of these supplements/suggestions. Also, these suggestions may not be right for everyone, and an individualized treatment plan prepared by your ND is always best!