Moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life, ranking comparably with marriage, divorce, or the death of a loved one.

While those other events can cause more intense emotional stress, moving also causes emotional stress. It is also very likely to result in personal injury in ways that those other stressful events typically don’t.

Fortunately, there are a few simple strategies you can employ to minimize your risk of injury during the move, which will result in less stress for you overall.

1. Planning Is Essential – Your moving plan should be flexible enough to ensure that you’re not moving in the pouring rain, during a severe snowstorm, in the middle of the night, and the like. If you find yourself having to move under these conditions, odds are that not enough planning went into the move. The simple truth is that moving a house full of heavy objects is dangerous under even the best of conditions. Moving in the conditions described above magnifies your risk many times over.

2. Don’t Do It Alone – Even if you feel a bit like Superman, you’re not, and if you try to lift really heavy objects (furniture or heavy boxes) on your own, you’re more likely to get hurt. Speaking of boxes, too often, people fill a box to capacity regardless of its total weight. Don’t make that mistake. Even if it takes you a few additional boxes, be sure that each container isn’t so heavy that you’ll strain something trying to lift it. The big lesson here though, is that moving is never a solo job. Get help. Enlist family and friends as needed so no one person is having to do too much.

3. Body Mindfulness – This one should go without saying, but it bears repeating anyway. Even when you have adequate help, practice good posture and proper lifting procedures. Lift with your legs, not your back!

Moving is stressful and there’s not much that can be done about that. At the very least though, you can keep your risk of injury to a minimum!

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