How to Keep Moving on Moving Day

Stretching Fitness Yoga Gym Workout - Must Link to by ThoroughlyReviewed (CC BY 2.0)

You’ve been packing for hours, but as you look around your stuff is multiplying magically before your very own eyes. While your moving to-do list grows longer, your energy fades faster. Does this sound like you before moving day? You’re not alone. Moving is one of the most stressful and tiring events for many of us, but before you wave your white flag and give up, take a second to find out how you can keep moving before and during your moving day. Here are five awesome activities that will energize you and help you dig a little deeper for a productive and happy moving day.

Keep Moving by: 

1. Stretching Out

Child's Pose | Balasana by uwenna (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Child’s Pose | Balasana by uwenna (CC BY-SA 2.0)

While your first instinct might be to take a nap or flop down on the couch when you’re feeling tired, this will actually make you feel more tired and lazy. Your muscles, which have been hard at work packing and lifting, will become cold and start to feel sore from your activity if you become inactive. A good way to combat tiredness is to take a moment and do some stretching. Whether it’s yoga poses, some light pilates or just changing positions, stretching boosts the oxygen flow to your brain and gives you more energy. You don’t have to be a yoga guru or even all that flexible to try a child’s pose. Yet this simple stretch can give you an extra burst of energy to help you keep moving. Try working in some deep breaths and focus on your breathing, this will help you reset and attack the rest of your to-dos with a new perspective.

2.Taking a Walk

Just A Walk In The Park by dolbinator1000 (CC BY 2.0)
Just A Walk In The Park by dolbinator1000 (CC BY 2.0)

That couch may be calling your name, but be strong and grab your running shoes instead and head out doors to find that second wind. Walk around the block for five minutes or head to your local park for a quick change of atmosphere. According to some researchers being exposed to the color green in nature will actually make you feel happier and motivated. If you have dog, take it for a walk and enjoy some fresh air. A quick break in the outdoors will help you keep moving on moving day.

3. Getting Funky

Live music does wonders by Black Room Photography (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Live music does wonders by Black Room Photography (CC BY-SA 2.0)

If you’ve been playing your favorite album on repeat, it’s no wonder you are feeling tired and ready to give up. Find an extra burst of energy when you switch up your music. Try an unfamiliar playlist or new artist to help you keep moving. The unexpected ambient noise will keep you on your toes. Be adventurous and try a recommended playlist from spotify for something new. Dance around  and keep moving to the beat for some added endorphins. Who knows you might find a new favorite kind of music along the way. 

4. Hanging out with Friends

You may have a piggy bank... by j.sanna (CC BY 2.0)
You may have a piggy bank… by j.sanna (CC BY 2.0)

Moving involves a lot of decisions on what to pack and what to throw out, sometimes having a trusted friend come over will help you make decisions faster. Divide and conquer tasks together for a productive collaboration. Good conversation and a motivating friend might help you to keep moving. Keep each other motivated by setting an incentive, like going to the movies or ice cream after you finish your packing. You can even make a party out of your to-dos, invite a group over and throw yourself a reverse housewarming party!

5. Eating Energy Snacks

peanut apple nachos by madetobemomma
peanut apple nachos by madetobemomma

Red bull and the coffee will give you a boost but eventually you will crash, opt instead for healthy power snacks that will keep you energized for the long haul. Pinterest is full of fun and easy energy snack ideas that will keep you happy and motivated. Keep the recipes simple and healthy for a quick treat in between tasks. My favorite recipe combines peanut butter, sliced apples, shredded coconut and dark chocolate to make power nachos that will help you stay focused and your belly happy.

Did you try any of the ideas above to keep moving? Share your experience or your tips for staying motivated during a move down below in the comments section. If you tried them all and are still ready to throw in the towel or just need an extra hand call your local movers. NorthStar Moving can do all of the packing and unpacking for you, while you save your energy for something more fun.