You’re living in a brand new city. It’s thrilling, but it’s also a little bit scary. You don’t know where anything is—you even get lost on your way home from work. You need to find new resources—from a hair stylist to a new favorite takeout place. And, you feel like everybody is staring at you like you have a giant “I’m not from here!” sign hanging around your neck.
Adjusting to a new city can be tough. But, there are a few actionable steps you can take to make the transition easier and settle in a little bit faster. Use these tips, and you’ll feel a little more adjusted in no time!
1. Use the Internet
Let’s start with the most obvious first, shall we? The internet will undoubtedly be your best friend when you move to a new city—and, trust me, you’ll be relying on it quite a bit for everything from directions to reviews of area restaurants.
It’s a great resource to have at your disposal, so use it! And, no, searching for things online doesn’t make you paranoid of unadventurous. You’re in a totally new area—you’re entitled to dig for some background information and get the lay of the land. In fact, I encourage it.
2. Ask for Advice
Aside from the internet, the people you’ve already met in your area can be another great tool for getting adjusted to your new place. Your neighbors, your co-workers, or even the person in line at the grocery store that you struck up a conversation with—they can all be great people to tap for information.
Perhaps you need to find a dentist and want a referral from someone, rather than heading to the office that displays first in the search results. Or, maybe you’re looking for a recommendation for the best pizza in town. Whatever you need, asking people who have lived there for a few years for their opinions is a great way to not only find some hidden treasures, but also establish some new friendships.
3. Join a Group
Meeting people can be one of the biggest challenges of moving to a new area. Leaving your social circle behind is always tough. But, if you’re aiming to build up a new network, joining groups or organizations is a great way to do so.
Perhaps you want to keep up your reading hobby by joining a book club. Or, maybe you want to make some professional connections and join an industry association. It can even be something as simple as joining a gym. The important part is to get out of the house and start shaking some hands. Having a few other people you can rely on is a key part of beginning to feel adjusted in your new digs.
4. Stick With Your Routine
Yes, you’re in a new city. But, you can find a lot of comfort in sticking with your old routine. So, make an effort to keep up with the things you’ve always done—at least for a few weeks.
That sense of predictability and routine will offer you a great sense of comfort, particularly when everything else seems to be turned upside down. Yes, it’s a minor detail. But, it can really make a big difference in your attitude and outlook!
5. Be Patient
You’re not going to feel acclimated overnight. And, that’s completely OK! Don’t put pressure on yourself to feel settled and adjusted within a certain amount of time. Instead, remain patient and give yourself the time you need in order to begin to settle in. It might take weeks or it might take months. Don’t rush things. That added expectation won’t do you any favors!
Moving to a new city is a big adjustment. On one hand, it’s exciting. But, on the other hand, it can throw a real wrench in your routine and your sense of stability. No matter how big the change, it’s nothing that should send you into a tailspin! Instead, put these five tips to work, and you’ll begin to feel adjusted in no time.
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