Riding the emotional relocation rollercoaster. Part 1 - Deciding to go
September 9, 2013
Unless you have previously embarked on a relocation abroad and re-rooted your entire life, and possibly that of your family, it’s hard to imagine the range of emotions and list of tasks that need to be completed to make your relocation dream a reality.
However, if you're considering moving abroad, it’s important to understand from the outset the magnitude of what's involved, not just logistically but also emotionally.
You’re likely to experience a whole range of emotions throughout the relocation process - from excitement to trepidation and nervousness. The more that you’re able to rationally plan ahead, anticipate and know what to expect, the more likely your relocation will be a successful and enjoyable experience.
Our customers often tell us that they experience a rollercoaster ride of emotions as they first consider and then plan their relocation, and as they go through the steps necessary to make the move possible and successful in the long-run.
The initial decision to move involves a range of emotions, which could be different for each member of the family. Generally these are focused around your reasons for moving and the benefits your relocation is expected to bring versus the perceived disadvantages, such as moving away from family, friends and familiar environments to a new start in a new location.
It’s important to remember the positives and the reasons for the move throughout the process, while also bearing in mind the logical and rational elements that you need to plan and put into place to make the move a reality.
Vicky Newberry, who moved to Abu Dhabi with her husband and their two sons, said: “The excitement about moving helped us to keep going through the lengthy admin process.”
Telling your family and friends about your decision to move can often be the most difficult part but clearly explaining your reasons for this decision is essential. The greater their understanding the more supprt you could receive, and you can also help them to their first trip to visit you in your new home.
Visiting your potential new homeland is also an exciting part of the initial planning phase and is really useful to reinforce all the positive reasons for the move and to help you and your family get excited about the prospect. While there, try to think like a local rather than a tourist, and make the most of the opportunity to gather as much information as you can.
Lee Ascroft, who moved from Bolton to Perth with his wife and three children, has the following advice to help you through those emotional early stages: “Remain focused on the end result and what you hope to achieve and that will get you through the move!”
And don't forget to take advice from the experts.
Andy Cox, who has worked for Crown Relocations as an export packer for more than ten years and has helped relocate many families, comments: “Relocating is no easy task, so it’s really important to be organised and get expert help where you can. Allowing plenty of time to prepare and de-clutter will make the whole process much more straight forward.”