Talk with a family member or friend, speak with a neighbor, even ask a random stranger, and it’s likely that each of them have moved. More than likely, they’ve moved multiple times. Moving is one of the most common shared experiences we have in the United States; in 2007, the average person was expected to move over 11 times in their lifetime. This is something we’ve all done, many of us over ten times, though there’s something regarding moving that’s acknowledged, but not always addressed.

Moving can be highly stressful. There are timelines, deadlines, and so many things to start and finish that even at best, moving can be overwhelming. In fact, moving is one of the top five most stressful situations that people can encounter. But with Scott’s Oceana Moving, it doesn’t have to be. We are the Virginia Beach moving company of choice, and we are more than ready to take on your next move. From commercial moving to residential moving, packing, unpacking, and furniture (dis)assembly, we can manage it all. Learn how to cope with some of the stressors that moving can bring, and contact our moving company to get a free estimate.

What makes moving stressful?

Before assessing ways to manage the stress of a move, it’s important to understand why this can be such a tough time. More than anything, the stress of a move relates back to two key things: disruption in routine, and dealing with the unfamiliar.

Collectively, humans don’t do well with change. Even though change happens slowly and over time, anything that smells of a disturbance in routine can cause some outcry. From an article published by Harvard Business Review, they discuss how “Routines become automatic, but change jolts us into consciousness, sometimes in uncomfortable ways. Too many differences can be distracting or confusing.” It makes sense that people would want to avoid situations that contribute to discomfort.

In addition to the disruption in routines, having to adapt to unfamiliar scenarios is more than enough to induce stress. Oftentimes, a move is prompted by something new, such as relocating for a job or accommodating a growing family. Regardless of the reason for the move, this often involves leaving behind the community you’ve become a part of, and new transitions can be hard to grapple with. Being completely outside of your realm of comfort can also feel like you’re outside your realm of stability, which can be tough for anyone to manage.

Lest we forget the fact that moving takes a ton of time! You’re already busy with careers and commitments, trying to add an hours-long process onto this is kind of the worst. The list of factors that make moving stressful is a comprehensive one, but luckily, there are many things that can be done to make this experience a little easier.


Moving can seem especially daunting due to the sheer amount of things that need to be completed. List out everything you need to do first, then circle back to the most important things. Maybe these will be the most time-consuming parts of moving, or perhaps they’ll be the most involved parts — such as finding a new place to live. Either way, there’s something cathartic about writing down everything you need to get done first, and then filtering through the “right now” things versus the “these can wait” tasks.


Tell the news of moving to your loved ones (and employer as necessary), but not just because it’s good practice to notify them. Sharing and talking about the tough times with those you’re closest to is a great way to cope with the stress of the moves. Not only is it healthier to talk about what’s on your mind, your friends and family can be a great sounding board for providing empathy and advice.


As artist Banksy said, “If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit.” Learning how to rest is a skill, as is finding that balance between working too much and not at all. It can be extremely easy to push yourself to the edge, to stay up late night after night trying to get everything in order. Unfortunately, sometimes this is necessary, such as with a short-notice move. But all throughout the moving process, it’s important to find breaks and rest for your own well-being. We tend to have this notion that taking care of ourselves can be selfish, or at the very least, we tend to put ourselves second to everything and everyone else. It’s critical to give yourself the time you need — when you’re in a good place, everything else will benefit as well.


One of the easiest ways to make moving simpler involves no more than a phone and the experts at Scott’s Oceana Moving. By working with our moving services and moving company, the amount of things you’ll have to do will significantly lessen, leaving you with sighs of relief and more time to focus on everything else. Working with a moving company is such a worthwhile investment, because you’ll be saving yourself so much time and hassle. With packing services, furniture assembly, and transportation, we have provided local moves in Virginia Beach and long-distance moves to so many people, meaning we have the expertise and professionalism you need to get the job done.

And our clients would be the first to agree, and the first to say they’ll work with us again and again. As past customer Breanna said, “Frustrated, stressed, and concerned our move in four days wouldn’t be (financially & physically) possible, another recommendation came though: Scott’s Oceana Moving company. As soon as I called, Scott answered and reassured me that he would absolutely make our move happen, on time, and ON BASE, and affordably!!! Cue MAJOR sigh of relief… I would strongly recommend, and will be 100% hiring them again for our next move!”

See what people are saying about Scott’s Oceana Moving, and contact us for a moving quote. Moving is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be — work with our moving company for your next move.