How To Deal With Anxiety When Moving

Whether it’s moving out of your parents house or moving to a different continent moving is always super terrifying. Some months ago I made the huge decision of moving from Kenya to Canada for university and as someone with anxiety it was pretty stressful and anxiety inducing. Here are some tips on how to deal with anxiety when moving:

Stay focused

Sometimes anxiety can really get the best of you and a lot of times I ended up thinking “is this really what I want?”, “is this worth it?”, but you have to remember your goal. You have to remember everything you are going to be able to gain if you go through with it. Really think about it and don’t let anxiety cloud your thinking. If you want, you can write down all the reasons you want to/should move so that whenever you’re feeling anxious you can read it and remember why you’re doing this and why it’s worth it!

Yoga and meditation

I know I talk about this one a lot but the truth is yoga and meditation can really be life savers for a lot of people with anxiety. It will help you stay calm both in your everyday life and during stressful times such as moving. It helps focus your mind and teaches you to control your thoughts.

Take some time off

Take some time to relax and watch a movie or something. Your life doesn’t need to revolve around the move although it’s understandable that a major part of it will. Sometimes you just need to shut off your brain and do nothing which is where reality TV comes in… seriously it’s a great distraction!


Remember to have some hobbies like reading, writing, watch TV in your sweat pants… It helps to do a bunch of other stuff too because when your mind is idle it tends to over-think things and that’s often when the anxiety takes over.

Talk to a professional

If you’re feeling really anxious and nothing seems to be working please do talk to a professional about your situation. Just talking about what you’re going through really helps sometimes and there is nothing wrong with seeking help. If you don’t want to or can’t see a therapist in person try out online therapy with professional therapists.

I hope these tips helped you better understand how to deal with anxiety when moving. And I hope these tips were helpful. Do let me know in the comments if they were!

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23 thoughts on “How To Deal With Anxiety When Moving

  1. I’m sorry if you’ve already said this, but what part of Canada did you/are you moving to? I love Canada, and one of my greatest dreams is to spend more time there – possibly even move there.

    1. Thank you so much and best of luck with your exam results I’m sure you’ll do well! I remember how stressed out I was when I was doing my GCSE’s!

  2. Thanks for sharing your tips, I’m in the process of moving myself and then will be moving again in 3 months time. All this extreme change has definitely impacted upon my anxiety, I’ll try some of these out to help my situation xx

    1. You’re very welcome and best of luck with the moving! It can be super stressful and I know my anxiety was at an all time high when I was moving so I really hope these help you feel a bit better!

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