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5 Ways to Cope with Moving Home After a Year at School

By Liv Orichiella--The best and toughest of times are soon approaching us. Summer break is a time to finally relax, catch up on sleep and not have to stress over impossible amounts of homework. Unfortunately, sometimes my ED voice does not want me to fully relax.

Moving back home probably means being under your parents’ roof. No longer on your own, you can’t help but feel that your mom is secretly monitoring your every bite of food. It is overwhelming; it feels like a total loss of control. Here are some healthy ways that I try to cope with the stress of moving back home after being on my own for a while. They may not all work for you, but they sure helped relieve some of my stress!

1. Organize meals in advance.

It is important to make sure your needs are still being met. At the beginning of each week, figure out what your meals and snacks will look like for the upcoming week. Go grocery shopping alone or with a family member/friend to get what you need to prepare meals. Just because you are back home does not mean your routine needs to change.

2. Do something small for yourself every day.

Go on a walk. Try random dance lessons. Paint a picture. Just do something completely dedicated to you. There are 24 hours in a day. Make sure to schedule some YOU time in there. You are the most important thing. Take care of yourself and do something you have always wanted to try.

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3. Keep your support system in the loop.

Near or far, your support team WILL be there for you. Keep them updated. Call them/Facetime/Skype—we have so much great technology and it is so easy to stay in touch. Even if it’s just a message every other week to let them know how things are going, make sure to utilize your support team. Seriously, the people we have on our sides are the real MVPs.

4. Breathe.

Obvious? Well, yes, but let’s think about it. Have you taken any time today to actually focus on your breathing? Right now, focus on your breathing. Go ahead—take a deep breath. Hold it in for 10 counts and let it out. Breathe in positivity and breathe out the negativity building up inside.

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5. Talk it out/Journal.

If someone is doing something that bothers you or is triggering, speak your mind. Be honest and kind about it, but make sure your peers know what you need. If you aren’t ready to speak your mind, write it down. Get those thoughts out. It’s no good to keep them to yourself. 

Moving home can be hard, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Find what coping skills work best for you. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Don’t let anyone or anything try to ruin that!

About the blogger: Liv is an incoming senior at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She studies elementary education and hopes to teach in the Chicago area or in California after graduation. Liv has been in recovery for a few years now and is ready to share her story to help other people find their voice. Liv loves to smile, dance, travel and spend time with her friends/family.

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