4 Ways to Reduce Stress When Moving Cross Country


An estimated 11.2 percent of Americans changed living spaces in 2016. Individuals and families move for a variety of reasons, including attending new universities, finding new jobs, switching careers, living closer to family, and leases expiring, just to name a few. While many solid reasons for moving often exist in United States citizens’ unique living situations, a large majority of people want to move, but talk themselves out of it. Moving can be expensive, can cause irreparable damage to vehicles, cause sunburn, break bones, cause significant stress and anxiety, worsen symptoms of depression, among others.

As such, moving is undoubtedly stressful, especially when moving across the entire United States. Imagine you and your family packed in the same vehicle like sardines along with furniture, clothing, and other objects. It’s summer, the most popular home-buying season, sweat pouring and agitation rising from being trapped in that hot, cramped vehicle. Sounds delightful, right?

Let’s peer into four effective ways of reducing and eliminating stress when moving cross-country.

Shop around for professional — and unprofessional moving help

Professional movers are sometimes out of families’ budgets. Some people simply want bragging rights for doing everything themselves. However, failing to hire professional moving companies or hourly, one-time labor for moving is often a mistake. Hiring moving help will undoubtedly reduce physical exhaustion and associated stress.

Don’t transport owned vehicles unless absolutely necessary

In the most extreme case of cross-country moving, driving from South Florida to Portland, Oregon covers more than 3,000 miles. Whether your particular move is to a relatively close state or on the opposite coast of your current home, driving your own vehicles can cause stress and worry. What if the vehicles you spent hard-earned money on aren’t maintained property, causing a breakdown? What if there’s an accident out of your control? What if you hit a deer or pothole, potentially totaling your vehicle?

If possible, consider selling vehicles your family owns prior to moving to prevent these worries. Simply buy a new one(s) at your new destination.

Find secure parking and storage locations

Because the United States is so large, people traveling cross-country often rest at least once in a hotel or daily rental home. When it comes time to rest, where will you store your family’s belongings? Identifying and paying for a large storage unit ahead of time will drastically reduce the chances of theft, thereby reducing stress.

Regularly switch up driving shifts

Those attempting to take on a full day’s driving during a cross-country move must be accepting of stress, exhaustion, and negative mood. These all, in turn, create stress. Agree upon driving schedules prior to embarkment, and don’t be afraid to take several breaks throughout your trip.

Final thoughts

Driving is stressful and tiring. Similarly, moving is stressful and tiring. Combining these two obligations in the form of moving cross-country is unlikely to facilitate even a remotely-bearable trip. Bring books and materials to stay occupied, eat and drink sufficient amounts, take vitamins, get rested well, and implement the above four tips for reducing stress when moving cross-country.