Getting Acclimated: Finding Your Place in a New City
Whether you are moving for a new job opportunity or for another reason, the change can be thrilling yet also anxiety-ridden. Selling your home, packing up, and making the move can be the hardest part physically, but the most difficult transition will actually come when you arrive in your new town. Sometimes, it can be extremely challenging to meet new people, get into a new routine, and find new places you enjoy. However, with some research and time, you’ll soon be happy to call your new town home.
Do some research before you go
Join Facebook groups for your new area before you arrive. This will allow you to ask questions, get recommendations, and maybe even meet some online friends. Also download apps that can help you find local restaurants, attractions, public transportation stops, and so on, so you’ll be prepared when you get to your destination. As much as you can learn about your new area before you move, the better.
Unpack the basics
When you get to your new house, don’t pressure yourself to unpack every single box in the first few days. Give yourself a breather. Instead, unpack the necessities, along with some items that will make your new house or apartment feel like home. Because you are making a fresh start in a new locale, you’ll want to blend the old and the new in your décor. Therefore, go shopping in your new city and find some accent pieces, wall hangings, or other items that blend with your color scheme and design style.
Take care of your bills
Before you arrive, hook up the utilities, schedule trash pick up, and research internet providers. Remember that you’ll also need to switch your health and auto insurance. Read up on the minimum insurance requirements in your new state. Also keep in mind that in some states, so many drivers are without insurance that it doesn’t make sense to take the risk and skip underinsured or uninsured coverage. Compare rates between a few different insurance companies before deciding which policy is right for your needs. As soon as you arrive, Commerce Bank also suggests doing a safety check of the home, making sure smoke detectors are working and that you have a fire extinguisher.
Get acclimated by walking
If your new town is walkable, then walk it. It will allow you to get your bearings and get acclimated to where you can find everything you need. If you walk around and find the nearest grocery store, drug store, gas station, coffee shop, and restaurant to your home, you will begin to feel more comfortable in your surroundings. While you are out and about, stop by the local library or visitor’s center to get information about groups, events, and activities you might be interested in. Introduce yourself to local shop owners, the librarian, and other people in town that might make good allies.
If you moved with your family, then concentrate on getting your kids settled in first. Moving can be a huge adjustment for school-age children who are leaving their classmates and friends behind. Care.com suggests signing your kids up for sports leagues, clubs, scouts, and other groups as soon as possible. If you have relocated on your own, meeting new people is the quickest way to avoid feeling isolated and start experiencing a sense of belonging. Start with connections at your place of employment, and also network through LinkedIn and other sites to find professional connections. For social gatherings, be willing to attend the aforementioned local events and group meetings, or put yourself out there by using sites like Meetup or NextDoor to find social gatherings or other functions near you.
After moving to a new town, you may sometimes feel overwhelmed, depressed, and stressed. The different weather, traffic, places, and people can make you feel uneasy for a while. Grant yourself some time to get acclimated, go through a period of culture shock, and then get settled into your surroundings. With the proper research and the right attitude, you will soon feel great about your new neighborhood and routine, and hopefully, you’ll soon be making a lot of new friends and memories too.
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