Are you that upset with your new city? And do you think it is being unreasonable? Then, I must say you are not being unreasonable, it is something natural, in more specific terms we say “Relocation Depression“.
“I feel very low these days, irritated. I am not able to understand what is happening to me. I was all fine before I moved to this city. I don’t feel like eating, I just lie on my bed and do thing still I feel I am tired. I am a person who was enthusiastic, energetic. I think it is the city which is making me feel this way because I don’t remember anything other than this. But at the same time, I feel stupid that I can be that upset with a city.”
Relocating is just like starting a new life and adjust to a new environment, new rules, new friends, new routine. It is natural to feel homesickness and adapt to change. Fortunately, you are not alone in this journey as many people have experienced and survived the post-relocation depression.
WHAT IS RELOCATION DEPRESSION?
An overwhelming feeling of nostalgia and happiness, and a feeling of getting back to your town is a first alarming feeling, which is very natural to feel that way, as you are exposed to a new change and it takes time to adjust, but if it is prolonged effecting your other aspects of life such as professional, interpersonal relations it is time you seek help.
Few alarming signs
- Lack of energy
- Abnormal sleep patterns
- Unwillingness or fear of socializing with other people
- Feeling of hopelessness
- Agitation or aggression
Usually, fear of unknown place and a loss of familiarity makes difficult for us to adapt to the new change, which if seen otherwise is an opportunity to explore and add up to the experiences.
Some ways can help you overcome the relocation depression and adapt yourself
FAMILIARIZING YOURSELF WITH THE NEW HOME
The very first step is to familiarize yourself to your new home. Decorate your home with the things you like. Your home should be the place where you can come up after your tiered routine and relax. The place you wish to come back. Make your place that interesting for yourself.
FAMILIARIZING YOURSELF WITH THE NEW CITY
The second step is to familiarize yourself with the new city after you are familiarized with your home. You can visit your neighborhood, talk to them and ask them for the places you can visit in your town. Explore the places around- tourist places, tap the shopping areas nearby if you like shopping, Seek the places the city is famous for. It will help you to connect to a city.
MAKE EFFORTS TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS
Friends are the immediate social support. Creating new bonds can be challenging but you don’t get anything unless you try. You can join any social group or activity you fond of and you will meet new people who might match to your interest. Go ahead and try because having support is one of the blessings you can have.
KEEP YOUR OLD FRIENDSHIP ALIVE
It is important to keep in contact with your old friends, as they can always be your support pillar and help you achieve your goals as they know inside out of you. Keep them, cherish them and it will be easy.
GIVE YOURSELF TIME
The most important thing is to give yourself is time. It takes time for things to happen and adapt to a change. Don’t rush, don’t be hard on yourself.
Relocation depression if you think you can’t overcome by trying all of these it is okay to seek help from a professional counselor who can guide you and help you overcome a tough transition period of life, Help you settle in a new city.
“REMEMBER: THE BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY OF TODAY CAN ONLY BEGIN WHEN WE LET GO OF YESTERDAY -STEVE MARABOIL”
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