We all know that moving isn't easy. According to many studies, moving is one of the hardest things a person will do in their life. Some people enjoy the change, but most people find it incredibly challenging. Personally, I have relocated enough times that I'm becoming a pro! The hardest part is keeping your sense of humor, and laughing when you should be crying. Here's a few things you can do to help keep the mood light, even when the boxes are getting heavy.
First, every move needs a person to keep things upbeat. Make that person you!
There are so many things that can go wrong in a move. Boxes can break, belongings can break, items can be lost, bottles can leak or explode.... there's so many things you don't even want to think about. Sometimes it's a temper tantrum from your children, and sometimes it's your wife! There's only one way to combat all of these things: laughter. They say laughter is the best medicine, and, it's true! When everything is falling apart, start laughing first, so that others can follow suit. Laugh until you cry, because that's where you were going anyway!
The Law of Opposites: If you don’t laugh, you will cry
I have a friend who, the more nervous she gets, the more she laughs uncontrollably. People think she's weird. So, the more stressful and traumatic my move gets, the weirder I get. Just downright goofy. There's something about laughter that just breaks the tension and makes everyone feel better. When the cable company tells us that they 72 hours to install our nine channels, instead of blowing a gasket, I just laugh. Don't worry, soon enough the torture will be all over, and you'll be back to normal in your new digs.
3. Hang with the happy people
It's hard to maintain a positive attitude about a stressful situation. So, in order to maintiain your sense of humor, keep those around you of a like mind. Some you can keep in line by keeping up your goof laugh, but, some people are just negative or cry babies. Be careful not to hang around these kinds of people to much. It only takes one fish to spoil the tank! Try to keep your farewells and goodbye parties positive, and if anyone starts to get into all the things you’ll miss, pop their hot air balloon!
4. Mantras and maxims
If you're low on comedic material, you can always surf YouTube and other websites for things to keep the mood light. My brother is a non-stop well of comedy and new ideas. Whenever I need something new, I just spend a day with him!
Also, just try to keep everyone in the mindset that everything will eventually be finished, and you'll be moving on to bigger and better things!
5. The old standby: A pumpkin head for everyone!
Not really, it's supposed to be no clothes for everyone, but, if it works for some public speakers, why not moving?