7 Tips on Adjusting to a New City
We have completed our move from Nashville to Charleston and it has kept us very busy. It was exhausting figuring out the whole moving process, calling utility companies multiple times, arranging care for our cat, finding new doctors, unpacking, getting new driver’s licenses/vehicle plates, and many other things that took up way more time than I would have liked. My GPS on my phone is my constant best friend as I still try to navigate my way around this new place.
Admittedly, I was a pretty big mess for most of it. There has been so much change going on in our lives recently and I feel like a chicken running around with my head cut off, as they say. It’s been a whirlwind but we are finally starting to adjust and settle down a bit.
So I thought I would share some of my personal tips on how to adjust to a new city since we went from Chicago to Nashville to Charleston all within less than 2 years. Phew.
#1 Mourn your old city. This might sound silly but I really think you should take time to just be sad about leaving a place you called home and that’s ok. Take some time to reflect on the time you spent there, the memories you made, and what you enjoyed. Be sad for a little bit about what you are going to miss and take time to mourn if you have to. I know it’s a bit dramatic but that place was your home. It’s okay to be upset about it. BUT, put a timeline on it. Give yourself a little bit and then move on. Which brings us to the next one…
#2 Give it a chance. I was so upset at first about leaving Nashville that I wasn’t really open right away to giving Charleston a chance. I knew I loved visiting this city but I wasn’t expecting to call it home at any point so I was a bit childish in my attitude toward it. I quickly realized that this was our situation though and it wasn’t going to change so I might as well make the best of it. So I put my big girl pants on and told myself to just give it a shot. Now, I’m actually starting to find things I really love about this city as much as I still miss Nashville (and Chicago!).
#3 Try new restaurants. We have had so much fun doing this. We all have to eat, right? Why not try out the local cuisine in a new city to get to know it better. We pick different restaurants in different areas to go to and it has been a lot of fun! You really get to know a place that way.
#4 Go for a run/walk. Of course you know I would have to include this. Not only for the exercise benefit in general but get to know your city on foot! Go for a walk or run in different areas and really soak it all in. You find so much more when you travel on foot rather than speeding by in a car.
#5 Talk to people. Everyone, anyone! Just talk to the locals and people you meet wherever you are. Ask them their favorite places to go, things to do, places to eat. Then go do those things. We like hearing from the people who actually live here about what there is to do. We have gotten so many great recommendations just from talking to different parents at the park or a server at a restaurant or my new hair stylist.
#6 Find blogs in that city. This is sort of related to #5 but look for people who have blogs in that city because they are going to be highlighting different things there guaranteed. If you want to know more about your new city you just moved to, read up on it from real people.
#7 Get out of your comfort zone. This is the biggest one and most challenging for me but I believe most rewarding. I’m so good at just hanging out inside at home because that’s where I’m comfortable and “safe”. But I can’t do that if I want to be happy in a new place. It means I have to go to events where I might not know anyone which is so uncomfortable for me but it’s just how you get to know people. Find groups to join (I joined a moms group and bloggers group). Go to an exercise class at a local gym. Just get yourself out there and eventually you might discover great things about your new city and even better, you might meet some new friends.
We are starting to like Charleston more and more each day. I can’t quite say I love it yet but I can say I like it and I’m looking forward to getting to know it more. And that’s progress!
Hopefully this helps you if you ever move to a new place. I don’t want to scare you off from making a move either. So many wonderful things have happened with each place I’ve moved to. Change is hard. So hard. But great things can come from change too.
I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.