The idea of moving to another city, state or even country can be both exciting and scary. Relocation can also create stress on the entire family. There are so many things to do and plan for, and positive thinking techniques can help make your move easier and less stressful.
Making the Decision
When a person’s company moves or they’re given a promotion that requires moving, the decision to relocate is pretty much made for them. There are people who live in areas where their companies have closed down and no other employment is available. Oftentimes, these people must move just so that they can become gainfully employed.
The best thing to do is to sit down and create a list of pros and cons regarding the move. The positive thinking technique best used for this is visualization. Imagine yourself in your new situation. Close your eyes and actually picture yourself in your new job. Think about the benefits it would provide. You can use the same visualization technique to imagine life without a job. Remember that there are also opportunities for personal development, so if it’s feasible, consider this option too.
Imagine a New Home
Imagine your move as a great adventure for the entire family. The whole family can benefit from positive thinking techniques when relocating. Have everybody do this separately to use visualization for what the home will be like. Call a family meeting to discuss what everyone came up with during their visualization session. Let everybody take turns discussing what they would like. Even little ones can participate and add things like a swing set or a pool. It’s important for their self-esteem to be included.
House Hunting from a Distance
It can be difficult to hunt for houses when you are currently far away. Hopefully, you have made notes of all of the things that your family envisioned with the positive thinking exercise. By trying to find a home that will make everyone happy, you will be enhancing their personal growth and self-esteem.
Contact a real estate agent in the locality where you will be moving. Explain your situation and run down the list of requirements. Ask the agent to send you all of the fact sheets on properties that meet your requirements. This will give you the time to go over all of the details before traveling to see the homes.
Continue the Positive Thinking Exercises
Once you have the fact sheets from the real estate agent, you’ll need to take some time to scrutinize the properties. It’s best if you do this with your spouse, but without your children. Many agents will automatically send listings of homes that are out of your price range. It may be a good idea to eliminate those before the kids see them.
Now, gather the family and go through the same positive thinking process as before. Remember, your children’ personal development depends on their inclusion in the move. Let everyone take some time to organize the homes from the one they like best to the one they like least. Compare these rankings and have a family discussion to find out why or why not everyone made their selections.
Narrowing It Down
Narrow the selections down to a manageable number for viewing the homes. Again, you can visualize your family in each one of them. Consider the neighborhoods so that you’ll be in an area conducive to your family’s personal growth and success in life.
Take a Trip
Don’t buy a home sight unseen. Visit all of the homes on your list and see how they measure up to what you had expected. Take pictures and send them to your family if you want to include them in the process. Don’t sign a contract until you talk it over with your family and get an inspection of your prospective home. If you follow these positive thinking techniques, you will have a better shot of success with life in your new home and neighborhood, and you and your family will look forward to the move.