Whether one is moving across the country or across the state, leaving a familiar place can be saddening in so many ways. Perhaps an exciting job opportunity comes up or an unexpected work takes you somewhere far away. To cope with the unsettling feeling of a new place, here are the top 10 tips to establish yourself at a new place.
Start by organizing
Do everything you can to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible. The faster you have your stuff unpacked and organized, the sooner you can start settling in and feeling at home. Relocating to a new city is stressful enough without the worries of losing your things. Unpacking your house once you arrive will give you a sense of familiarity.
Knowing about the place
Do a little research beforehand to figure out what mobile apps are popular and useful in your new city. From grocery delivery services and restaurant ordering apps to bike-sharing programs and public transit info apps, all details must be known. It is good to know about the services around you.
Say “Yes” to new opportunities
The best piece of advice someone ever gave me about moving was to be on the lookout. Being open to new people and new experiences will help with getting to know your new city better. It will also help with growing your new network of friends. Say “yes” to as much as possible when you first move to a city.
Locate important stores in your area
Upon arriving in your new city explore the neighborhood to find local stores that meet your needs. This means finding the nearest pharmacy, drug store, grocery store, gas station, and coffee shop. Once you figure out where everything is, your new place will start to feel more like home.
Give yourself time
Different people’s adjustment period runs on a different timeline. One person may be able to settle happily into a new city after just a month. Another may take a longer time adjusting to a new area. After six months, you should have much of your new city figured out. From which neighborhoods to explore and which neighborhoods to avoid, you will get it all.
Get to know about the transportation system
Exploring an unfamiliar city will always be tricky at first. Sometimes it takes a little bit of trial and error to figure out the fastest routes and shortcuts. Before moving to a new place you must find out about the subway systems, bus transit lines, bike-sharing programs, and ridesharing services. Figuring out how to use public transportation will allow you to explore your new city with confidence. Try to study a map of the city and its different neighborhoods as well.
It is okay to be lost
It is okay to be lost. Just keep your phone charged. If you ever lose your way you can always ask a by-stander to guide you back home. Google maps are a big thing these days and they too can help you. Do not panic. It is completely fine to feel emotions but try to calm yourself down.
Join neighborhood clubs
A great way to familiarize yourself with your new town is by joining clubs. You can always find friends at a club. It could be a great way to know about the neighborhood. Your information regarding things could let you be accepted in the new society. It can also be a great place for hangouts.
Find one true friend
All it takes is only one new-found partner to get you through that first milestone year. When you move somewhere, concentrate on finding a true friend. Don’t let any opportunities go to waste. Strike up conversations with folks you meet at work or while shopping and dining. Once you have one genuine person to do something with, life becomes easier.
Focus on the positivity
Times are uncertain. Things won’t always go as planned. Whatever happens, try your best to focus on what you do like about your new home. Try to think about the good weather. Find activities, hobbies, and clubs that make. Do productive things or indulge in self-care. Get involved in your community. Stay positive!