Getting Settled After a Big Move
Moving to a new place can be quite an upheaval, even if the move is for positive reasons, like a new job, or getting married. Here are some ideas to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Say yes to everything
While it may be tempting to withdraw and stream a movie in your pajamas, this is a time to accept as many invitations as possible.
- Although you might not be the type to socialize with coworkers, when you’re new in town, give it a go.
- Make it a point to meet your new neighbors.
- Ask friends and family to help you connect with people they know in the new area.
- Join a local sports league or hobby group.
- Take a class at a community center, like rock climbing, knitting, or chess.
Explore your community
Getting to know your way around a new community is one of the most important things you can do to feel at home more quickly.
- Walk the new neighborhood. Feet on the ground is the best way to explore.
- Create a "tourist in my city" routine you can use when friends come to visit–not only will it be useful, but you’ll get to know the new town more quickly as you put it together.
- Ask for recommendations for doctors, restaurants, pet care, coffee shops, and anything else that’s important to you.
- On some errands, allow yourself time to get lost. It’s one of the best ways to learn a new area. Keep your phone handy for this adventure.
Let the internet help you
While there is no substitute for showing up in person, there are many online resources to guide you in the right direction.
- Download apps for the new area to help find grocery and restaurant delivery, public transit, and community events– a neighborhood listserv is a great way to learn about local concerns and opportunities.
- Meetup groups are a good way to meet others with similar interests.
- Join Facebook groups specific to your new community.
- Connect with people from the past by looking up high school friends in the area.
Getting settled in a new town will take some time, so be patient with the process, and try to see it as an opportunity. It’s a fresh start, after all. Of course, you’ll make an effort to remain connected with friends and family from your previous hometown, but you just might find that reconnecting with a high school pal in the new area is one of the best things possible.
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