Moving is one of the most traumatic events that can take place in a person’s life. No matter your age, moving has a huge influence on us emotionally and psychologically. When you are moving from one place to another, it means something is ending and something else is beginning. This could be good or bad. Sorting through things while packing will bring about a flush of memories. It is also a period of dramatic change that you need to face and deal with.

To help you face this difficult but exciting time, we have a few things you can do.

Friends. If you don’t have enough belongings to hire a moving company, call your friends for some support. Ask them to help you pack and pay them with food and drinks. Ask friends to help you pack and keep you company. They are there for support.

Plan. Planning makes everything easier. The more prepared you are, the smoother the process will run and the less stress you will experience. Know where you want what to go in the new place. Know what to pack in your overnight box. Schedule packing for weeks before moving day. All this will help with making the process more tolerable.

Throw out. We often hang on to favorite pieces of clothing or appliances that no longer work. If you have things that you haven’t worn in years or things you haven’t used in years, throw them out. Use moving as a cleansing ritual. Keep the things that are precious and have special memories. Throw out anything that you know will not be worth keeping in the long run.

Treat yourself. Balance out the hard work and frustration by treating yourself. This can mean going to a spa, pigging out on junk food, going to the movies or sleeping in. Whatever it is, do it. It will help keep your sanity intact.