2. Stay In Touch
To help ease the transition, it may help to contact friends and loved ones to share your various experiences. Talking about your adventures and new experiences helps you to stay in touch with friends and family as well as possibly adding a new perspective to a situation.
3. Get Out
Going for walks, hikes, or exploring your community and new hang out spots is a great way to get to know your new city. Not only will this help you to find your way around and become more familiar with your surroundings, but the fresh air and exercise will help to clear your head and promote positive thoughts and feelings to help combat the symptoms of depression.
4. Find a Routine
This can be tricky as you don't want to find yourself stuck in a rut or too comfortable in your own way of doing things, but having a routine and sense of consistency can help to ease the transition as things start to feel familiar. If your routine includes getting a morning coffee or going for a walk, this could be a great way to start meeting your neighbors and introducing yourself.
5. Let Your Pets Help You Out
Pets are incredible companions. Not only do they provide pet therapy when needed but they can also bring some routine into your day-to-day life. If you are a dog person, taking your dog for regular walks is a great way to explore your surroundings as well as start talking to new friends and neighbors.
6. Decorate Your New Space
Distractions are a great way to keep your mind busy and keep the negative thoughts at a minimum. Productive distractions are even better as you'll be creating something that could help you in the long run. Decorating, for example, is a great way to set up your space so that it feels more like home while keeping you busy. Finding old treasures or new spaces for favourite items can bring a sense of familiarity and comfort into your home.
After all of this, it's still important to be patient with yourself. You've likely gone through a big move and an intense process to get to where you are. Give yourself time to settle into your new space and adjust to your surroundings. It will take time and a bit of exploring before the strange new city starts to feel like home but try some of the tips above to help break out of those depressive feelings.