If you are in the midst of moving across the country or the continent, it is easy to get wrapped up in the logistics of it all—visa and immigration paperwork, organizing your belongings, and stressing about your pets. These concerns often take over and your future mental health is easily overlooked. Remember that you are leaving friends, family, and familiarity behind, and preparing yourself mentally is key. Here are some things you can do before arriving that will ensure a smooth transition.

Expect the Unexpected

Before arriving to a new city, it is important to expect the unexpected. What is meant by this is that your everyday commute, shopping, conversations, and everything else you take for granted as the norm, will likely change in a new location. Take your weekly grocery shopping, for example, which is routinely done at the same place. You know where everything is and what it usually costs. In a new store however, they most certainly will not be in the same place and you might find yourself getting frustrated. Practice these small daily challenges by shopping in a new grocery store, taking a different way to work, and socializing with new people. Everything is going to be a little bit awkward, but that’s okay. Embrace it!

Do Some Research

You might still be at home, but soon, you will be in a completely new environment. Fresh faces, neighbourhoods, and landscapes don’t come without their secrets and you might have to do some research to find the hidden gems and getaways. Relieving stress and finding some alone time will be important when you arrive, and amidst all the moving, finding that special place that keeps you calm will motivate you for the rest of the day. If you enjoy rock climbing, cafes, or golfing, visit Google and scope out your future hangout spots.

Make New Friends

Social communities such as Facebook and Meetup.com are great resources for finding people of similar paths, hobbies, and activities before you arrive. It is important to get out and explore opportunities in your new community. Looking for people who have made a similar move can help you adjust quickly, because they’ve been in your shoes and will be happy to show you around town.

Plan Your Finances

Planning your finances ahead of time can be a great stress reliever. It is recommended to save up extra cash, about two months’ worth of unemployed expenses to stay afloat if anything happens to your income. Unexpected purchases or events that cause you to spend large amounts of money can come up at any time. You may have to buy a new appliance, or fly home for a wedding or funeral.

Preparing for a life away from home if difficult, and it is impossible to be completely at ease upon arriving, but putting yourself in a healthy state of mind before a long distance move can truly help.