Question: “It’s only three months. Or six months. Or a year. How bad can it be?”
Answer: Truly, truly awful.You may need a temporary move because your career calls for a short-term assignment. You may be renting while you build your dream house. You may have relocated temporarily to help a close friend or family member.
Short-term moves can be more difficult – and can cost you more money – than a “permanent” move. Why? [Read more…]
When you read about relocation, your find that moving tips tend to focus on the departure area. What should you pack? How do you start planning in advance – 6 months, 3 months, 6 weeks, 1 week … on to M-Day.
The truth is, relocation stress often starts after you’ve arrived. You just moved to a new city to take advantage of a career opportunity. Now, just a few months later, you’re writing home to say, “I made a BIG mistake.” [Read more…]
Relocation stress is extremely common. Moving is a challenging life transition and is one of the top stressors. Yet often it’s hard to find resources to deal with the transition, in direct contrast to other experiences like divorce or bereavement.
Scroll down to watch a video summarizing the 3 myths that make the situation even worse. [Read more…]
Today’s Wall Street Journal included an article about identity shift. The author’s main point is that you need at least two years to make a successful transition.
The article talked about stress associated with divorce and job loss, but relocation can be even more stressful. One difference is that you can’t say, “Let’s do nothing for a year!” You’re there.
I’ve made a short video you can watch now.
Let me know what you think!