Moving to a new city to start a new career? Now is the perfect opportunity to leave your old habits and toxic relationships behind and start over as the person — and professional — you want to be.
As any experienced traveler will tell you, moving to a new city is about more than just a change in location. You’ve likely just arrived in a new place with the prospect of a major career change, a hope of starting over or even just a dream to stop sleeping on and start chasing.
Whatever your reason, moving starts a new chapter in your life and the initial months is defined by a period of transition which can cause your emotional barometer to range from crazy to completely hectic.
Trying to cover all the bases of your move, including food orders and pet accommodations, can feel insane, but getting adjusted to your new life after you’ve arrived can be just as challenging.
You’re no longer inside your comfort zone — and step one is realizing this is a good thing. Here are a few ways to make the most of your move both personally and professionally. (Click here to tweet this list.)
Raise your personal standards
Sometimes the best way to handle a transition full of tumultuous changes is to change yourself for the better. The days ahead will include many fresh challenges, so why bother hanging onto the same limitations which defined your life prior to the move?
It’s likely your new city will offer plenty of opportunities to improve your life, ranging from health and fitness centers to Muay Thai dojos and card game meetup clubs. The first step towards forming a healthy social network in your new home is to get involved in outings which allows you to meet new people beyond your coworkers.
Additionally, setting out to improve yourself in ways which appeal to you tends to boost your self-confidence — and this is always a nice bonus no matter what’s going on in your life.
Make new friends
As a major part of getting settled in at your new destination is to form a healthy social circle, it’s important to remember your friends from back home aren’t likely coming with you. While internet friends are a great perk, it’s still important to make friends with some new locals.
Of course, you can only expand your horizons so much while flying solo, so it’s important to make the most of this transition in your life by connecting with even just a few people you can reliably meet up with for dinner on the weekends.
The best part of having no pre-existing social ties is you truly have nothing to lose. If you don’t like some new friends you made in your first month, no problem! Just keep on meeting new people for as long as you need to. True friends can be hard to find, but the world of your new city will be your social oyster until then.
Leave the past behind
It’s also important to remember there’s no reason to bring negative feelings, relationships and experiences from your former hometown with you to your new town. No one in will have any knowledge of soured relationships, burned bridges and painful incidents from your past, so why should you?
Take full advantage of your new lot in life by forging out an existence which is built around positive experiences. There’s no scenario you could have come from where you don’t owe this to yourself, and your rejuvenated career and social life will thank you for the effort.
Begin networking immediately
After getting settled in your new home, start forming these new and positive habits as soon as possible — and this includes networking with your professional peers. Forming an entire new network from scratch can seem overwhelming, but taking an optimistic and creative approach to making new connections will pay off quickly.
When making new professional acquaintances, try to take an active interest in who they are and what they do. Not only will this help to ignite a more engaging discussion, but will forge an avenue for you to find professional qualities and skillsets the two of you have in common.
Engage your local community
You may not have been the biggest fan of your neighborhood’s local culture in the past, but hopefully you moved to a city with more potential for compatibility. Don’t stay indoors watching Netflix every night. Instead, keep an active eye out for community events, local celebrations, popular hotspots and more.
Getting into the habit of staying engaged and active in your local community will allow you to enjoy your new home more. Remember the key to getting acclimated is to keep on meeting (and making a positive impression on) new and interesting people.
Brian Wilson is a contributing writer and media specialist for the North American Moving Blog. He regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle and career blogs, based around the transitional challenges which comes with migrating and traveling long-distance.