In a 2015 Worldwide ERC US Transfer Volume and Cost Survey, the number one stress associated with relocation was listed as “family resistance to the move,” affecting nearly 60% of those surveyed. Right off the bat – even before a relocation takes place – we know that ensuring your family members are adjusting to the prospect of relocation can either be the source of great support during this process or be the cause of extreme stress.
Similarly, once a family’s move is complete and everyone has physically settled into their new, respective neighborhood and home, each member of the family will expectedly be battling their own, unique challenges. Maybe father, Eli, is struggling to find a new job in his niche field or can’t seem to find a religious group/community that he fits into as well as he did in his previous community. Perhaps daughter, Michelle, is both adjusting to being a teenager at a new high school and is faced with making new friends while also getting good grades as she prepares for college applications. Meanwhile, the initial family member who prompted the relocation – Joyce – is tasked with building a strong work community in a new office that she is unfamiliar with while also ensuring her family is acclimating well and is happy.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry states “Moving to a new community may be one of the most stress-producing experiences a family faces.”
Relocation is a delicate balance of push and pull, both emotionally and physically, for a family. Think of this process as an Olympics’ Relay. Each team member plays an individual role, but if one struggles, the entire team is affected. And you can’t make it past the finish line unless each person has made it around his or her portion of the track.
At EES, we pay particular attention to the families affected by relocation. We have created customized tools, resources and workbooks to help each family member adjust to their own, unique challenges. We emphasize the excitement that can result from a move when a person feels mentally and emotionally supported. After all, moving can be a wonderful opportunity for both an individual as well as a family unit to experience new places, cultures, experiences or to meet new people and friends. But the benefits of a move can easily be overshadowed by the challenges and pitfalls of feeling lost, lonely or overwhelmed.
Our mission is to make these families feel supported and know that they are not alone. If you are interested in learning more about the tools we offer, visit our products and services tab or send us an email via the contact tab.