I recently relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a new job this summer. For those of you who have moved cross-country, cross-region or even just to the neighboring town, you know how stressful relocating can be. While big moves can be anxiety-inducing, planning ahead and taking some simple steps to help you embrace your new journey can make a huge difference.
Know the lay of your new town and how you’ll get around. If you plan on bringing your car with you, be aware of vehicle registration guidelines. Some states have some unique rules (e.g. Minnesota requires you take the permit test… again), so know what you are up against.
Do not, I repeat, do not stop engaging in physical activity during and right after your move. It may seem hard to get back into the swing of things, especially as your finding your way in a whole new location, but physical activity is a great way to combat stress. You don’t have to join the first CrossFit gym you can find upon arrival, but simple things like taking walks to explore your new area or using apps like ClassPass to explore gyms near you can make a big difference in your ability to cope with the move. If you want to keep things low-cost, download apps like Nike Training and buy a few pieces of equipment like a mat and dumb bells and work out in your new place. Whatever you do, keep moving.
New City, Revamped Wardrobe
You may be moving for a new job, a new school or just a new experience in general, but you don’t need to pay the price for it- at least when it comes to clothes. Reinvent old clothes by mixing and matching new combinations or doing some alterations so you don’t have to spend a ton on a new wardrobe (also feel free to wear your clothes just as they are). Expenses can be tight surrounding a relocation, so squeezing extra pennies out of your wallet may not be a viable option. It is more than likely that the new people you will meet haven’t seen you in any of your old clothes, so you can leave new vanity by the wayside for the time being. However, if you do find a new wardrobe refreshing (especially if need new work clothes), stores like TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory, thrift stores, and outlet malls have cheap yet stylish options to keep you in the black.
Connect with Your Networks
Just because you are in a new place doesn’t mean you have to leave behind networks you established in your previous location. If you’re having trouble connecting with people in your new home, use LinkedIn or any network databases specific to your connections to connect to people from your school, former clubs and organizations, fraternity/sorority, etc. Leveraging the connections you’ve already put time into building can be a great way to meet new people fast and get the tea on your new home.
At the end of the day, your new experience is what you make of it. Just remember: Embrace the new and leverage the old; failing to plan is planning to fail.