Moving to a new city, no matter how close or far from home, can be daunting. Suddenly you find yourself surrounded by unfamiliarity and, without your friends or family near by, it can be a tough adjustment. With a little effort, though, you can ease the transition and be on your way to feeling at home in your new city. Get started with our 7 best tips.
1. Get Lost
Seriously. Just start walking around. Explore the subways and other transportation (you can always pull up gps on your phone to make sure you’re not too out of the way). You’ll learn the city better and you might even stumble upon your new favorite takeout place or coffee shop.
2. Become a regular
Going to a coffee shop, nail bar, barber or deli that knows your name, order and a little about your life is often the solace that can make a neighborhood feel more like home and less like the wilderness. It makes it much easier to nest in your neighborhood and it’s a great way to get to know your neighbors.
3. Get A New Look
A new place to live definitely calls for some new furniture . It will help you integrate your old memories and items with a new, re-imagined feeling of what home is. Having a place that you love will help you feel more comfortable, so that no matter how bad your workday is, you are happy to come home. Besides, a little retail therapy never hurt anyone, right?
4. Say Yes
For the first few months, try to say yes to everything. If a coworker invites you to happy hour, go. If your neighbor is having a party, stop by. Open yourself up to new experiences. You never know what might come of it.
5. Get Involved
Join a local sports league. Attend lectures at the local university, coworking space or library. Sign up for an art class or book club. It will get you out of your apartment and meeting people, who very likely have similar interests and also new in town. And chances are you won’t have a horrible time.
6. Put on your favorite PJs and watch a movie (but only once)
Being away from your family and friends is difficult sometimes. Taking a night to make yourself feel comforted (and sulk a little) is totally necessary. But only once. The you have to get back out there and power through!
7. Be Nice to Yourself
Moving to a new city is HARD. It may take a while for you to adjust, and that’s completely fine. Remember to be kind to yourself and be intentional about recharging your batteries. Whether it’s a gym, massage studio, or church, having a place in your hood that helps you feel rejuvenated is really key to feel at home there. You’ll feel settled and on top of the world before you know it.