How to Combat Loneliness When Moving to a New City

For many people, there’s nothing more daunting than moving to a new city—even if the thrill of change, a new experience, or a better job beckons. One way to combat this difficulty is to focus on hobbies and meet other people who share those passions. Here’s how to use hobbies, skills, and, recreation to fight loneliness after a move.

Be Realistic

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Making a big move is complicated on many levels, and everyone could use some moving tips. On top of the packing, organization, and storage required for a move, it may also mean moving away from dear friends. But when making a transition, it’s important to be realistic about forging a social life in a new city. It may take weeks or even months before hitting a social life stride, so try not to get discouraged. Take in the small victories, such as a casual acquaintance met on a commute, and know that there is time to cultivate acquaintances into friendships.

Turn Hobbies Into Socializing

Packed up years of collectibles, art tools, sports equipment, or other hobby-related gear in a storage unit? It may be the first thing to bust out after a move. One of the easiest ways to meet like-minded people is to attend groups, conventions, or meetups related to a specific hobby or passion. Even if one feels out of practice with their hobby, it’s a great time to dust off old gear and meet those with similar interests.

Get Out of the “Comfort Zone”

For many people, what they want to do after a long day of work or unloading boxes during a move is to kick off their shoes and binge a TV show. Even though it may be difficult, it’s necessary to get out of the comfort zone to develop a social life after a big move. Initiate lunch with new co-workers or strike up a conversation at the coffee shop or a workout class. Try to follow up after to show interest in hanging out again. In the beginning, making friends may feel like a second job; over time it will become much more natural and rewarding when true bonds are formed.

From storage solutions to making new friends, Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage understands that there’s a lot to think about when it comes to moving. For more information or to get a quote, call us today at 1-866-466-4647!

Four Ways to Protect Your Back When Moving

Lifting heavy objects is one of the most common causes of back injury, so it’s important to take preventive steps when moving to a new home. Those who are moving should keep these four loading and unloading tips in mind to avoid strains and other painful, debilitating back issues.

1. Warm up the Muscles

A woman clutching her shoulder after moving in Minneapolis, MN

As with any workout, it’s important to stretch the muscles before lifting heavy items. Pay attention to the arms, legs, and back, as well as the core muscles. The warmer they are when lifting begins, the lower the risk of injury.

2. Look Before Lifting

Assess the size and weight of a box before picking it up. For example, try moving it with a foot to see how heavy it is. If it can’t be lifted safely, leave it alone until you have assistance. Avoid packing boxes with too many heavy items, and load containers with the heaviest items at the bottom.

3. Create a Clear Path

Never lift a heavy box without ensuring that a path is clear to its destination. If it becomes necessary to stop, putting the box down and lifting it again creates another opportunity for back injury. Obstacles in the path can also cause a dangerous fall.

4. Use Proper Form

If a box is safe to lift, then start by placing feet shoulder-width apart. Squat down by bending only the knees and hips while keeping the back straight and shoulders back. When it’s time to stand up again, slowly straighten the hips and knees and lift without twisting. Engage your arms, legs, and core muscles to lift the load; do not lift using the back. Hold the box as close to the torso as possible and avoid bending forward.

Those who are concerned about injuring their backs while moving should consult with Go Mini’s® to make the process easier. In addition to loading and unloading assistance, we provide packing supplies, storage solutions, and full-service moves.