You may have been through a major life transition recently – think of a failed relationship, the death of a loved one, sudden unemployment, or something along those lines. It may have left you deeply shaken – as if the rug was pulled under your feet – and maybe even caused you to question your faith in life. Now, you may now be feeling the need to get away from it all and, perhaps, start anew somewhere else.
Relocating may be an excellent idea. Moving to a new city could help you heal, detach, and gain some much-needed perspective on your past. More importantly, being in a different, exciting environment, surrounded by new people, new routines, and maybe a new job, would help you build a fulfilling new life for yourself.
Here, A Spiritual Paradigm offers some tips on moving to a new city to start a new life after a traumatic life event.
Identify a new city to live in
Any new city you choose needs to cater to your needs and, ideally, make you happy. MUO lists 6 sites that can help you find the perfect place to live. Some suggestions on what to look for are below:
- Climate: You may enjoy sunny weather or cold winters. It’s a good idea to check the region’s average temperature, natural disasters (preferably absent), and future climate trends.
- Job market: Needless to say, you want to move to a city that’s a business hub and has a strong economy. Bonus points if it’s home to businesses that are looking for your skill set.
- Lifestyle: Do you prefer laid back or something fast-paced and happening? If you prefer something quiet, you may want to move to a smaller town instead of a city.
- Cost of living: Last but not least, is the cost of living. Will you be able to pay for rent, utilities, groceries, healthcare, and other essentials while still having enough to support your preferred lifestyle?
Find a new home or rental
Finding a new home or rental can take weeks, so start as early as you can. It may be a good idea to take stock of your finances and come up with a budget first to avoid debt. Making a list of your needs and wants before you begin house hunting will speed up your search. Some examples are neighborhood, home type, number of rooms, pet-friendliness, amenities, and presence of nearby entertainment centers or services.
Become a part of the local community
Integrating into your new community is an essential part of settling in and building a fulfilling life for yourself. If you don’t have any connections in your new city, it’s time to make new friends. Bustle offers some practical tips: joining a club, using Instagram (and social media), finding friends of friends, walking your dog, and visiting local shops. Joining community events or social media groups and throwing a housewarming party can also help.
You could switch careers or start your own business
Moving to a new city is the perfect opportunity to revamp your career. You could try your hand at something new in a different industry or maybe even launch that business you’ve always wanted. If you need skills or direction, you could go back to school to pick up a degree. For instance, with a business degree, you could learn valuable skills in subjects like accounting, communications, or management. If you choose an online degree program, you could potentially work full-time while studying.
Moving your business to a new city or state is an option
As a business owner, you could bring your business with you when you move. This may involve a great deal of paperwork, especially when you’re moving out of state. For instance, you may need to comply with your new state’s regulations and dissolve your business entity in your old state.
If you’re registering an LLC or other business structure in your new state, you could use a formation service to avoid the paperwork. It’s cheaper than paying a lawyer and likely less error-prone than filing the paperwork yourself. Every state has its own rules around LLC formation, be sure to check the local rules before moving forward.
Work on self-care
Having a solid self-care routine can help you to land on your feet in your new city. Not only can it help you stay healthy, but it can also give you a sense of structure and normalcy in your new environment. Consider filling up your week with self-care activities like meditating, gardening, walking, going out in nature, eating healthy, and reading.
Embracing a spirituality-based lifestyle can help restore your faith in life
Getting in touch with yourself – your inner voice, desires, and truth – can help you get rid of fears, eliminate anxiety, and find fulfillment in life. Consider spiritual lifestyle coaching to pick up the skills you need to learn how to live life in a fulfilling way. Furthermore, spirituality could help you find faith again if yours has been shaken.
Planning is key to pulling off your move smoothly. Book movers in advance, get help from friends and family and follow a list of move-related tasks to ensure you don’t forget anything important. Keeping busy and focusing on your new life will help you find peace and healing faster.