Dealing with an Intercity Move for Your Partner's Work

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New work opportunities are a common reason for moving to a new city. Sometimes, however, it's not your work that you're moving for. If you are married or living with a partner long term, you may find yourself having to move for their sake. This guide will walk you through this difficult process and help you adjust to living in a new city.

Your share of the work

Even though the move is for your partner's work, you still need to do your share of the work. Fortunately for you, there is an easy way to reduce the overall workload of the move; Create a detailed plan. A detailed plan should include every task that needs doing, when you will do it, and who is going to do it. Having everything written down will ensure that nothing gets forgotten.

Be strategic when scheduling your tasks. When packing, for example, keep in mind that anything that is packed is going to be difficult to access later. Wait until later to pack anything that you use frequently; Pack the things you know you won't need until after the move first.

The other matter you need to think about is the division of labour. Tasks should be divided based on each person's proficiency and preference. By splitting the work evenly and giving people tasks that suit them, you can significantly speed up the process. If you do all of this planning in advance, your partner is sure to thank you for it.

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Finding work

Ideally, you will find work in the new city before moving. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to have work when you get there. For some, this sort of break period can be well needed, especially after a big move. For most people, however, having a period of no work means losing money.

If you are a one-income household, the situation becomes slightly more complicated. In such cases, instead of finding work, you will need to find something to do. In your old city, you likely had friends or local activities to keep you busy. Without these, you may find yourself without anything to fill up your time. If not properly addressed, this can harm your mental health. You may start blaming your partner for this subconsciously, putting a strain on your relationship.

To avoid this, think about the kinds of activities that you enjoy and find out if there are any social groups built around these activities. For example, if you have a passion for football, join the local football club. This way, you will give yourself something to do and find people with common interests.

Support each other

A new job can be very stressful at first, especially in a new city. Depending on the situation, your partner may be finding it hard to adjust to their new workplace. If this is the case, make sure to support them emotionally. This should not be one-sided; If you are also struggling with the adjustment, your partner will need to show support as well. The key to this, as with most things, is communication. Be open with each other about the various struggles that you are encountering.

It is important to listen to each other with kindness and empathy; even if something doesn't sound bad to you, what matters is how they feel about it. After moving, you will likely both be leaving your primary support networks behind; This makes it all the more important to support each other.

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