Make Yourself at Home
Moving to a new city is both exciting and stressful. You have the opportunity to expand your life experiences, but you also want a healthy dose of normalcy...
The following are tips to make yourself at home in your new city...
Before you pack your first box, you can begin new-city reconnaissance. Get online and research the city by searching for the local newspaper's site, finding a neighborhood or entertainment publication, and reading the local business publication. As with anything else, the largest contributor to fear and anxiety is a lack of knowledge. Learn all you can before you move.
Find the Essentials
Before you start exploring too far, set up a base camp around your new home. Find the nearest grocery store, gas station, gym, and place of worship. Collect carry-out phone numbers and find the best shopping.
Also, research multiple routes for your work commute and try to understand traffic patterns. There may be roads that you want to avoid at rush hour – you'll feel like a local when you know alternate routes.
Stick With What You Know
The fastest way to make yourself at home is to get back to life as normal. If you're a regular at the gym, make it a priority to find a similar gym nearby. If you eat sushi every Thursday night, find the closest or best sushi restaurant. You'll be surprised at how much of daily life you can re-create in your new environment.
Every city has a unique character, those special spots that make it special. Spend some time and be a tourist. Visit historical monuments and local museums. Hike, run, or walk your dog in the parks. If the city is known for a particular food, become a connoisseur. When you spend some time visiting the sites and learning the culture, you'll discover the heart and soul of your new city and begin to love it for what it is.
No city will ever feel like home without a support network. You may already have friends or family in your new city. Use them as a base and build your network around them.
Concentrate on your interests and find people who share them. Take classes, join clubs or get involved in church activities. Nearly every city in America has a running club or book club.
Give it Time
Most importantly, give yourself time to acclimate to your new hometown. Try not to dwell on the things you miss, but rather focus on what makes your town great. Before you know it, this too will be "home" and you'll never want to leave.
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