Moving to an unfamiliar area can easily make your new residents feel like a small fish in a big pond. Voluntary or involuntary, a location change often comes with stress and apprehension. The mind floods with common concerns like, what grocery store will I frequent? Will I make new friends? Is this right for me? Here are some useful ways to help smooth out the adjustment and ease your residents into their new lifestyle. We encourage you to share these tips on adjusting to a new and unfamiliar area with them!

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Put yourself out there. When moving to a new area, it is important to get involved. Consider your interests and hobbies and use them to join groups that relate to you. Maybe join the kickball team, take an art class, or visit your local yoga studio. Involve yourself in activities going on in your new area. This will surround you with people that are interested in the same things as you.

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Make friends! Introduce yourself to your neighbors. Creating a relationship with the people in your neighborhood will help keep you up to date with things going on in the new area. Make a lunch date with a coworker. Networking with the people around you will help you to get involved. Define your bearings. You’ll need to figure out how the land lies. Do some research to find your favorite and most convenient grocery store, movie theatre, gym, and other staples you had in your old town. Use your new neighbors and coworkers as resources to find out the perks of the area.

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Last but certainly not least, be optimistic! Keep an open mind throughout the adjustment process. Do not be afraid to branch out and try new things. Be proactive with the new things you try. Allow this location change to act as a positive change in your life. Throughout this process, keep in mind that adjusting to a new area will not happen overnight. This major transition will take time, so be patient! Use these tips to help ease your adjustment and warm your cold feet. Adjusting takes time but can easily be done with helpful reminders and encouragement. Take it day by day and use your best effort to get out there, make friends, define your bearings, and be optimistic! c

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