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Moving: New City, New Life

Moving: New City, New Life

Moving is hard, but moving through this challenge can make you stronger and a more well-rounded individual.

Whether the change is due to school, a job, or just wanting a fresh start, people are moving to new cities all the time. Even if it is a change you are excited about, creating a new life comes with its challenges. No one enjoys having to pack and unpack their belongings. But if you have to unwillingly leave the place where you have built community and a life for yourself and your family, it is especially difficult.

Building a new sense of home and community takes time, and it can cause feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and fatigue. Any time we have to leave what we are comfortable or familiar with, it challenges us.

It is appropriate to mourn the home you have left; saying goodbye is hard. But trying to see this change in a positive light can help ease the transition.

Here are some ways to feel more connected to your new city:

  • Play tourist. Take the opportunity to really explore what your new city has to offer.
  • Spend time just driving around your new city. This can help you feel like you know where you are going.
  • Find your favorite new restaurants, coffee shops, parks, etc.
  • Volunteer with a local non-profit.
  • Get connected with a church, synagogue, etc.
  • Join a class, sports team, or club.

This experience can show you new things about yourself. If you are moving with family, this experience can really bring your family closer together. While it may not feel like it now, this could be a blessing in disguise.

Elizabeth Kraich, LAPC
ekraich@GROWcounseling.com

Overcoming Unkindness

Overcoming Unkindness

Have you ever been in situations where you have been subjected to other people’s snide remarks or mockery (of course, under the guise of innocent teasing). When you are subjected to this type of unkindness by friends or by family members, it can be easy to make an excuse. “Perhaps they are just having a…

The Perfectionist Child

The Perfectionist Child

A little perfectionist likes order, rules, and thrives on certainty. Perfectionism can start at an early age and when parents or caregivers give these children the support they need, they will thrive. However, it can be challenging to teach young children how to to deal with the inevitable reality that not everything can be achieved…

Denial

Denial

One of our most primitive defense mechanisms is denial. Mark Twain perfectly captured the essence of denial when he quipped, Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. In effect, denial is an effort to avoid the pain or discomfort of reality by pretending it doesn’t exist. It is the emotional manifestation of the ‘flight’ portion…

Codependency and How to Care for Yourself

Codependency and How to Care for Yourself

Codependency can simply be described as helping others while harming yourself. Have you ever found yourself in a relationship where you felt as if you were going “crazy?” Have you ever found yourself excessively worried, preoccupied or even obsessed with your partner’s problems? Codependency involves reactions which are unhealthy forms of attachment in a relationship and may…

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