We navigate some of the most challenging moments in our lives by examining the archetypal passage of crisis.
One of the most stressful events in our lives is moving. It’s ranked right up there with divorce, death, loss of a job… and whether you have to wrangle the kids, the pets or even the thousand books you’ve accumulated, moving is extremely emotional and is part of an archetype in transition. Because of the stress level, you can quickly slip into crisis-mode.
Even if you’re movin’ on up, it’s still an emotional gamble and disruption of your routine, your family, your “home.” Not to mention packing. And picking up boxes. And the expense is no joke either! Everything you use on a daily basis is disconnected – phone, TV, wireless – and it may be a few weeks before it’s reestablished. You don’t have a fridge full of leftovers to grab in the event of sudden hunger; you can’t take a break and watch a quick episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Everything is suddenly inconvenient and unsettled, and if you’re moving for deeper, more disheartening reasons, the very event can be traumatizing or extremely depressing.
I don’t know too many people who love moving and find it to be easy or delightful. Even if you can shell out the dough to pay for movers, it still is no picnic and if you add kids to the mix, suddenly it’s mass chaos. If your friend is moving, offer to pitch in – I’ve often tried to lighten the load for some of my BFFs as we schlepped boxes upon boxes across the city, paid in pizza and beer. I never minded helping them out because it’s tough and having a friend to laugh with alleviates much of the stress (sadly, the boxes don’t get any lighter though), plus they will turn around and help you.
But the big question is, how can your archetypes help you maintain sanity? Here are some tips for your psyche – and remember, this too shall pass: