In order to acclimate yourself to your new home and surroundings, you will need to learn where things are and the best ways to get around your new neighborhood. Take the time to drive around and figure out the most convenient route to work, school, grocery store, etc. Learning and knowing these things can really provide a sense of comfort, alleviating some of the stress and anxiety associated with moving.
To help you learn your way around, obtain local maps, even down to the neighborhood if it’s available. You can discover walking and bicycle paths, bus routes, and more. Be sure to look for landmarks so you can find your way home and around town. Watch the clock too so that you have a good idea how long it takes to get to certain places. Teach every member of your immediate family your new address and any new phone numbers, as well as any emergency phone numbers.
An additional way to learn more about your new community is to speak with your neighbors and others in your new community. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. Most people are willing to help. They can fill you in on driving shortcuts and places to avoid during peak times (rush hour). Ask your neighbor to give you a tour!
If you have children, get them involved in sports and other activities, such as scouts. This helps them meet new people and make new friends. You can make friends with the other parents involved as well.