We recently sold our house. It was a bittersweet moment. I loved our house but could no longer navigate the stairs with my dislocating joints, due to my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. We are building a ranch with everything on one level and I am very excited about that but because our house sold so fast (10 days), we needed to find a place to live in the interim, as our house was being built. I had the realization yet again… moving and other life changes have the potential to really disrupt your healthy lifestyle.
Moving can be a stressful event. This is our 5th move in 12 years, so I’m pretty good at it by now. The biggest positive is getting rid of things you really don’t need. I am a minimalist but my husband is not. Moving allows us to reassess what needs to come with us and what can be passed on. But all of this takes time… lots of time.
And as moving day approaches, it becomes so easy to suspend cooking healthy meals and just order out. I have to admit that even I was tempted to pack up my pots and pans and do the same. Instead, I packed everything in the entire house possible, except my very essential pots and pans, a few dishes, silverware and glasses.
I planned out dinners for the week of the move, knowing I was exhausted and in pain (from the Ehlers-Danlos), making them fairly simple but nourishing.
I made meditation a priority. Sleep was lacking, mostly from my pain, but I would strongly suggest that those of you not challenged with something like this get as much sleep as possible. Meditation was my alternative.
I also “snuck in” 15 minute walks first thing in the morning. If I did them before breakfast, I not only had enough energy, but Buddy, my Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix needed the exercise to release his anxiety about the upheaval in the house from the move.
There were days that I wanted to order out, skip the walk, forget meditation and just ignore all of the moving stuff. But experience has shown me that making myself a priority and keeping my healthy regimen would make this move less stressful.
I am happy to say, we are now in our temporary apartment until our new house is built. I’m unpacked, settled and even Buddy is adjusting.