Lockdown diary: ‘Moving during the pandemic is tearing my well-being to pieces’

Cher Petersen. (PHOTO: Supplied/Sharp Pictures)
Cher Petersen. (PHOTO: Supplied/Sharp Pictures)
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At the start of this pandemic, I never thought I’d find myself in half of the situations I’m currently in.

I’ve gone from having minimal motivation, to struggling mentally and now needing to move during the pandemic.

Moving during the pandemic has been one of the most stressful things I’ve needed to do in my life.

And it came as such a shock. Many of the tenants in the building decided to move as very limited rent reduction was given to residents, so it was pertinent I move to save some pennies.

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Plus the move would mean I’m closer to the office when the world opens again.

Even though the rental market looks good with its reduced prices, maintaining a work-move balance is tearing my well-being to pieces.

Finding a place was the first major stressor, it felt like a competition between me and a gaggle of other girls. Every single place I found came from owners who wanted me to view places today or tomorrow, and the anxiety of having to schedule around my work gave me terrible bouts of panic.

I find a place. I message. I view. I like it. I am ready but the place has been snatched. It’s a continual cycle of excitement and letdown.

But now, I’ve finally found a solid place and it feels like the calm before the storm.

The end of this month falls during mid-week, and moving feels like a slow re-enactment of a nightmare.

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There are tonnes to get packed, and then to have transported on multiple trips. Then there’s unpacking while sorting what I have and what I don’t.

I foresee many financial trip-ups along the way, and combining that with my emotional stress just seems like a mountain far too high to conquer.

Although this move is necessary, I’m still scared of upsetting the balance comfort provides. A level of comfort I’ve become used to and found solace in during these troubled times.

But one thing is certain, loved ones and friends have shown their worth with this move.

Many have helped in the search for a new home and have offered support in more ways than one. And this has significantly eased the process.

It’s in times like this when those nearest and dearest to us show their worth and it’s times like this when we must appreciate those who always have our backs.

So I’m grateful but nervous and excited to make this a move towards a new level of comfort – which I hope will last longer than the place I’m leaving behind. 

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