Starting over in a new city? You're probably excited, nervous, bursting with anxiety. You might also be super stressed — how will you do in a strange place all by your lonesome? If relocating solo is on your agenda, here's some advice for how to cope with feeling lonely when you move to a new city.
While you're probably anticipating a lot of logistics going into a big move, it's important to look at all of parts of it that need addressing, not just the material ones. SimplyPsychology reminds us of Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs, which says humans have five main needs they aim to satisfy: Physiological Needs, like food, water, shelter, and sleep to survive; Safety Needs, or the ability to feel secure; Belongingness, in that we want to feel accepted by friends, family, and partners; Esteem, or feeling a sense of accomplishment, and finally, Self-Actualization, or the desire to achieve our full potential.
Right in the middle of the hierarchy, there it is, plain as day: We want to feel like we belong. Even the most introverted of us needs to feel loved and accepted. That can be a real task when you move to a different state — and if you move to a different country? Maybe one where they speak another language? Oof.
You might feel overwhelmed — totally understandable. But there are ways to cope! A recent Ask Reddit thread full of advice from people who have done it before revealed a bunch of suggestions for how to do just that — and odds are, a few of them will help you too.