Escaping the Big City: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reclaiming Your Wellbeing

By Kelly Michailids

Living in a bustling metropolis like London can feel like being swallowed whole by a giant hippopotamus. The city’s relentless pace, sky-high living costs, and constant pressure to earn more to simply stay afloat can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed and drained. Today, as I spoke to people in the shop, I noticed a common theme: many want to leave London. It's not just a passing thought; it seems to be a growing realization about life and wellbeing. London, they say, isn't what it used to be. I can't say for sure what it once was, but it certainly feels like an unnatural place, focused more on external validation than on inner peace. When you finally get tired of looking outside for happiness, you start to realize that this isn't worth your time.

So, if you're feeling the heat and thinking of making a change, you're not alone. Here’s a step-by-step guide to escaping the big city and finding opportunities that enhance your wellbeing.

Step 1: Assess Your Current Situation

Take a moment to evaluate where you are in life. Are you happy with your job? Your living situation? Your overall lifestyle? Understanding what specifically is causing you stress or dissatisfaction is crucial.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • What are the main sources of my stress?
  • How does living in London affect my mental and physical health?
  • What do I hope to achieve by moving out?

Step 2: Research Potential Destinations

Look into places that could offer a better quality of life. This doesn’t necessarily mean moving to a remote village (unless that’s your dream). It could be a smaller town or a city with a slower pace and a lower cost of living.

Considerations:

  • Cost of living
  • Job opportunities
  • Community and social life
  • Access to nature and outdoor activities
  • Quality of healthcare and education

Step 3: Financial Planning

Moving is a significant financial decision. Make sure you're prepared by saving up and planning your budget. Consider the costs of moving, potential differences in salary, and living expenses in your new location.

Tips:

  • Create a detailed moving budget
  • Save at least three to six months’ worth of living expenses
  • Look into job opportunities and salary ranges in your potential new city

Step 4: Job Search and Opportunities

Start looking for job opportunities in your chosen location. Networking can be a huge asset here. Reach out to connections, join local job boards, and consider remote work options if your current job allows it.

Actions:

  • Update your resume and LinkedIn profile
  • Apply for jobs in your chosen area
  • Attend networking events (both virtual and in-person)

Step 5: Plan the Move

Once you have a job lined up and enough savings, start planning your move. This includes finding a place to live, organizing your belongings, and saying goodbye to your current home.

Checklist:

  • Find housing (rent or buy)
  • Hire a moving company or rent a moving van
  • Notify your current landlord or real estate agent
  • Change your address and update all necessary documents

Step 6: Settling In

Moving to a new place is an adjustment. Give yourself time to settle in, make new friends, and establish a routine. Join local clubs, explore your new surroundings, and immerse yourself in the community.

Tips:

  • Get involved in local activities and groups
  • Take time to explore and enjoy your new surroundings
  • Be patient with yourself during this transition

Opportunities to Expect

Leaving the big city opens up a world of opportunities for personal growth and wellbeing. You might find a slower pace of life that allows for more relaxation and leisure. There could be more space and proximity to nature, which can significantly enhance your mental and physical health. Lower living costs can reduce financial stress, allowing you to focus more on what truly matters.

Benefits:

  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Better work-life balance
  • Stronger sense of community
  • Enhanced quality of life

Conclusion

Escaping the big city is not just about moving to a new place; it’s about reclaiming your wellbeing and living a life that feels more authentic and fulfilling. While London might no longer feel like home, there’s a world of possibilities waiting for you. Take the leap, plan carefully, and embrace the journey to a happier, healthier you.


Kelly Michailids

Your journey to a better life starts with a single step. Ready to take it?

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