Life can get stressful as soon as you get ready to move out of your old home. Sometimes, you have to leave before your new home is ready for you.
This is what happened to our guest today. Douglas Michael Schlenk with FitDad Academy was forced to move out of his house before his new home’s construction was finished. He and his wife had a two-and-a-half-year-old and a newborn at the time and they had to stay with the in-laws for 3 ½ months!
Whether staying at with relatives or an extended-stay hotel, Douglas goes over six tips to keeping your sanity while in temporary housing.
Douglas was lucky his in-laws had plenty of space available. His wife’s parents were great, but the fact was they were still in somebody else’s house. There was no privacy, they didn’t have access to all their belongings, and the kids were up all night crying because they were not used to the environment.
Douglas said he was not prepped as the head of the household for the challenges during the move, but he learned new ways to cope and shares his skillset on how to deal with this sort of situation.
- Take care of yourself first—If you’re a bundle of stress and anxiousness, it will flow to your wife, kids, and whomever you’re staying with. The important thing to remember is to do what you need to do to stay positive. You’re the number one asset. If you’re feeling good, that will influence everyone as well.
- Prioritize a physical outlet—Go to the gym, run, walk, kickbox, anything to release stress.
- Create space for your family—Go to the park for a picnic. Get out into nature. Go bowling. Find something to do as a family outside your temporary living space to blow off steam and have fun.
- Connect with your spouse—Keep communication open. Talk about things other than the family and the situation. Plan date nights together.
- Take turns with the kids—Give your wife a break and let her go to the spa.
- Meditate—It’s easy to focus on the hassles of moving. Find a way to clear you mind and focus on the good things going on in your life.
- Rest or produce. You can’t do both—You can’t rest while your worrying about what to do next. Find a solution or let your problems go for a while so you can take a full break.
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