Top five stressors in life.

According to health experts these five things typically cause the most stress.

Death of a loved one

Divorce

Moving

Major Illness

Job loss

Number 3 of the top 5 stressors in life is moving. We’ve all been there, probably more than a few times. Whether it’s moving from your parents house into your first apartment or moving in with your future spouse, or moving out of your lifetime home and into a retirement community, it’s all very stressful. Packing, going through boxes of things you haven’t used in years, deciding what to sell or give to charity, changing your address with creditors, banks, loved ones…etc.

Today, though, we’re going to talk about the benefits of moving and how a change of scenery or a move to downsize can positively affect your life and your mood.

Suppose you’ve been staring at the same walls for the past 15 or so years. Yes, it’s nice to know your house so well. In fact, most of us could walk around with a blindfold on and know exactly where everything is. And that’s comforting. Also, it’s nice to know your neighbors, your community and area so well. It’s safe and normal and stress free, right?

There are numerous experts out there that say that living a repetitive, routine existence is actually not doing your mind any favors. Change can be a good thing. Doing things the same way everyday can actually stifle your memory and cause your brain to get into a rut of sorts, so change is good. Driving a different way to work, or putting your pants on starting with the “other” leg. Brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand. All these things are part of conditioning your brain to function better and fight off the negative affects of aging.

Crazy, huh? So why not make a bigger change. Downsize, go through those old boxes and get rid of what you don’t need. Move your furniture, kitchen appliances, etc. Or Maybe it’s even your house. You’ve outgrown it. Or you’d like to live in a different part of town, closer to your job or grandkids. Maybe you don’t want stairs anymore or you’d like to live within walking distance to a park. Getting a new perspective and making a change in scenery might be just what the doctor ordered to get rid of those cobwebs, both in your house and your mind!