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How To Deal With The Anxiety Of Moving To A New Place

Cicely McFarlane September 23, 2022

Moving to a new place can cause people a lot of anxiety. Knowing that this is completely normal, and that you are not alone in fearing the unknown in itself, can help ease some anxieties. Creating a new routine, shifting from one that you had become so familiar with, will feel unusual for a while. Here are some tips on how to calm your nerves and ways to enjoy yourself in your new space.

Make your space your own

This is something that sounds extremely basic, however, bringing some of your home comforts to your new environment can help you to feel connected to your old place, and feel settled far quicker. There is nothing better than setting up your room and being proud of what and where you are now. Remember that this is a new chapter in your life, and you want to create as many amazing memories as you can, no matter what stage you are at in life.


As many people say, there is nothing better than starting your day with some exercise. Exercise is a great way to improve your mental health and decreases your stress. If you are starting life in a new place or environment and have added anxiety, then creating a regular exercise routine will assist you and your day-to-day life will get better.

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Make a to-do list

If you feel overwhelmed with the number of things that you have to do, and are unsure where to start, then creating a to-do list is a great way to deal with this type of stress. Creating achievable goals for the day, and then ticking off what you have achieved, gives you a real sense of purpose and also enables accountability in achieving your goals.

Plan some visits

One of the ways to feel better about your new environment is to start planning some exciting visits from friends and family. This will give you something to work towards and something to look forward to. This will mean that, on those days when you feel slightly lower, you can start to think of fun activities and ideas to plan for your friends who are coming to see you. This is also a great way to experience your new surroundings and see what they have to offer.

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My name is Cicely McFarlane and I am from South East London. I am currently in my 4th year at Cardiff University studying a Journalism, Media and Communications masters. I have loved writing from a young age and have written for my student magazine and newspaper, which is why I am very excited to be part of Freshered.