Moving to a new city is a daring undertaking that will have you brimming with conflicting emotions. Adjusting to life in a new city comes with its fair share of surprises that may have you either scampering back to the familiar or sitting pretty. Well, you are not alone. In this post, we will share some tips to help you toughen it out and settle down in a new city. When I relocated to a new city years ago, I didn’t have any help and always found a reason to make the trip back to where I used to live. The flights were expensive but I convinced myself it was necessary for me to make the trip back to my previous cit every couple of months.
When I could no longer afford these trips, I had to make some mental and physical readjustment to help me settle in my new abode. Now, I love my new home and haven’t had any reason to fly back to my previous city in years. So what changed? Below, I have briefly discussed 5 tips to help you settle down in a new city.
- Make a pact with yourself
If I had done this earlier, I probably would have saved tons on airfare. Before you move to a new city, say your good-byes to friends and relatives and get closure where needed. As you make the trip down to your new city, make a pact with yourself to give it a year before making any rash decision to return to your old home. This is why it’s important to say those goodbyes when you can.
Enter your new home with the promise to have no regrets or make unfair comparisons. This new city is home now and will be for a long time.
- Find a safe place to live
Nothing will send you running back to your former city faster than the feeling of being unsafe in a new location. So it’s important you find a safe place to live as you relocate. The feeling of safety will help you relax and give you time to focus on settling into the new city. This way, you have one less thing to worry about.
- Make your home comfortable
To help you settle in quickly, surround your home with both the familiar and new things. When I moved to my new home, I made sure I packed my favorite bed-sheets and scented candles. When I had difficulty sleeping due to home-sickness, I changed my sheets and lighted the scented candles. In your case, it could be a favorite bedtime ritual, or a favorite tee-shirt. You can also pack a favorite bean-bag chair or couch if you must. If you need a fresh start and don’t want to be reminded of your old home, surround yourself with unfamiliar stuff and have fun re-discovering yourself
- Ward off loneliness
Relocation is a process; and if you happen to move to a place where you have no relatives or friends, it can get quite lonely. This is why it’s important to mix up. Join a group or association. Be a part of the neighborhood committee or just attend meetings and contribute. You can also sign up to dating sites if you are looking for a new relationship. Make new friends and hang out with them as often as you can. If you miss your relatives at home, use social media channels to keep in touch.
- Explore your new city
Now you have unpacked and settled in; it’s time to see all that the city offers. Take long walks, go on tours, and find the nice places and the best bars. A quick way to learn about the neighborhood is by chatting with the local bartender or food vendor. This is your home now, so don’t be afraid to explore.