By LISA SWAN
Whether you live in the country right now, the suburbs, or somewhere else in the United States, you may wonder if you should consider moving to the big city. Are you ready for the change? Maybe you are looking for career advancement. Or perhaps you have met somebody that you would like to marry, but the person lives in a large city, so you will need to make some changes and adjust to a new lifestyle. There are a variety of reasons that people go from small towns and medium-sized townships to living in large cities like New York, Los Angeles, and the like.
Stress is a fact of life in a city like New York
One of the things you will need to do with is the stress of moving to a big city. If you are looking for excitement, you can find it, as those movers to New York City, Los Angeles, and elsewhere can tell you. But stress is also a fact of life with living in a big city. Just finding a place to park can be an extremely stressful experience, let alone finding a place to live. Not to mention the worries that your car will be towed or receive a ticket even if you do find a place to park.
If you have lived somewhere very rural, you may feel like Guns ‘N Roses lead singer Axl Rose getting off the bus with wheat between his teeth in the "Welcome to the Jungle" rock video when you first move to the city. There's so much traffic, people seem very rude and brusque, and things are much more expensive than they are in a small town.
You may worry that you are going to get mugged or ripped off, although those who have moved to cities like New York, which have alleviated much of their crime problems, do not have quite the same worries as they used to. The bad old days of New York City, where people sometimes couldn't even get out of the Port Authority without getting mugged, are over. But there are still dangers in the big city, depending on which city you are moving to.
You can adjust to the stress in the big city
At any rate, the fast pace of life in the big city can be pretty stressful, especially if you are not used to it. But believe it or not, you can adjust to it, as time goes on. Think about anything new you have tried to do, or been exposed to. The first time you tried to use chopsticks or lift weights or operate a computer, you may have become overwhelmed by it, and stressed out over it, and thought that you could never handle it.
But, as time goes on, you found that you could handle the task, and become acclimated to it. Thus it can be for you if you become one of the many movers to New York City or elsewhere this year. Once you feel confident in the city, some of the stress may go away, and you might actually even like it.
In addition, you can use stress reduction techniques, such as enjoying nature - even the biggest of cities has beautiful parks where you can relax - or doing things like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing. Exercise is another stress reduction technique.
Having a plan for moving to the city, with professional movers, can also help you get used to it. To learn more about movers in New York City, click here.
Lisa Swan writes for a variety of web sites as a freelance journalist. She lives in New York City.