From Making the Big Move: how to transform relocation into a creative life transition.
For a wilderness trek, you pack sunscreen, bandages, and insect repellent. When you relocate to a new home or a new job, you face loneliness and upheaval, not alligators or killer mosquitoes.
Here’s what to include in your emotional first aid kit.
Coping phrases for frazzled moments.
“There is time to do whatever I need.”
“I will always have options.”
“No matter what happens, I know I can cope.”
Phone numbers of friends and family who will laugh or cry with you.
Photos of family, friends, special places, and pets;
Tapes of meditation, inspiration and visualization.
Wet blankets: Leave behind the “friends” who share horror stories. They’ll smother your dreams.
Expensive treats: A maxed-out credit card creates stress. Think of small ways to reward yourself.
Things you always meant to do (you probably won’t read War and Peace while waiting for the moving van to arrive).
Pack seasick tablets and you’ll probably walk through a storm. Prepare for the worst and you’ll probably wonder why you worried.
Details of each point can be found in Making the Big Move, originally published as a trade paperback, now available for instant download.