When it’s time to move on

Mak­ing life’s changes a lit­tle eas­ier to take

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

LIFE throws un­ex­pected changes at us all of the time. Most of the time the changes are small and man­age­able but other times they are life al­ter­ing. Divorce, death of a spouse, fi­nan­cial down­turn or even re­tire­ment can be stress­ful and filled with un­cer­tainty. In most of these sce­nar­ios, down­siz­ing to a smaller home and sim­pli­fy­ing your life are nec­es­sary in or­der to move for­ward with grace.

In many cases there is a time fac­tor in­volved. Whether you’ve just sold your cur­rent home and need to find a new one or vice versa, you then need to pack up all of the stuff you’ve col­lected over the years and find a way to re­move it from your life. Once you’ve purged your cof­fers and dealt with the emo­tions of that task you need to move and start fresh. It’s ex­haust­ing just think­ing about it.

Go­ing through all of this alone is not nec­es­sary. When life throws a huge task our way I say “Call in the troops.” Along with the help of fam­ily and friends there are pro­fes­sion­als who can help along ev­ery step to help make your tran­si­tion a smooth process.

Even if your sit­u­a­tion is a pos­i­tive one (re­tir­ing for ex­am­ple) there are still emo­tional stresses. Lean on fam­ily and friends dur­ing dif­fi­cult times to help keep you on an even keel. Change is a lot more dif­fi­cult than you may think. You won’t be of much use to your­self if you fall apart in the mid­dle of things.

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