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Ways To Take Care of Mental Health After Moving to a New Place

Ways To Take Care of Mental Health After Moving to a New Place

Moving to a new place can be an exciting way to start the next chapter of your life, whether it’s for work, school, an internship, or just for a change of scenery and new experiences. While there are many things to look forward to when moving to a new place, it can also be stressful and overwhelming. The process of adjusting to a new environment, making new friends, and navigating unfamiliar surroundings can take a toll on your mental health. 

In this article, we’ll explore the importance of mental health when moving to a new place and share tips for helping you adjust.

How To Improve Mental Health After Moving to a New Place

Connect With Others – This is easier said than done, but one of the best ways to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation after moving to a new place is to connect with others. Joining a club or group that interests you, planning outings with fellow students or co-workers, attending community events, or volunteering are all great ways to meet new people and form connections.

Prioritize Self-Care – Moving can be physically and emotionally draining, so it’s important to take care of yourself. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat well, and engage in regular physical activity. Take time to do things that you enjoy and that make you feel good.

Seek Professional Help – If you’re struggling to adjust to your new surroundings, consider seeking professional help. A therapist or counselor can help you work through any feelings of anxiety or depression you may be experiencing. They can also provide you with tools, strategies, and other mental health resources to help you cope with the stress of moving. This includes mental health apps that can provide support no matter where you are

If you or someone you know are struggling with mental health, you can also reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Helpline by calling 1-800-662-4357.

Reach Out to People You Know – It can also be helpful to reach out to family and friends, even if they live far away. Keeping in touch with people you know can help you feel less alone and more connected.

Learn About Your New Environment – Take the time to learn about your new community. Research local resources and services that are available to you, such as libraries, community centers, and parks. Knowing what’s available in your new area can help you feel more comfortable and at home.

Be Kind to Yourself – Remember to be kind to yourself as you adjust to your new surroundings. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and out of place at first, and it may take some time to feel settled.


Thompson-Markward Hall’s Impact

Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of young women. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, TMH offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. Included in the room and board rates are utilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, and a diverse, welcoming community.

In addition to offering a wonderful place to call home in DC, we provide useful information to residents and prospective applicants as a resource to help them become familiar with DC and be successful in all of their endeavors. Whether you’re currently looking for a place to stay in DC, planning for a potential future here, or simply looking to learn more about the DC area, TMH is here to help!

Learn more about our accommodations or to submit an application today to start enjoying all of the benefits of living at TMH! You can also make a donation to support the crucial work we do!

Resident Resources

Room and board is due on the first of every month. TMH does not issue payment notices. A $20.00 late fee is charged everyday beginning at 9:00 pm on the 5th day of the month until the room and board payment is received. If you are unable to make your monthly payment for any reason, please speak to management immediately.

Room and board includes the first day of the month until the morning of the last day of the month or until the morning of the day of check-out, whichever day comes first.

In the event that a resident does not stay the entire month, rent will be prorated within the same month. To view the pro-rated fee schedule and a list of other fees—click here: TMH Pro-Rated Fee Schedule 6-1-2022


Each resident is asked to abide by the TMH House Rules and Regulations stipulated here: House Rules and ProceduresRule-packet-Emergency-Procedures-Updated-12-2019. Please read this document to become familiar with TMH policies and procedures such as guest policies, meal times, smoking areas, printer and copier use, Internet and telephone use, damage charges, and much more.

Monday-Friday hours / breakfast 7:00am-9:30am dinner 5:45pm – 8:00pm sat hours / breakfast 8:00 – 11:00am sun hours / brunch 8:00 – 11:00am dinner 5:00pm-7:00pm

Weekly Menu

Commuting: Metro stops within walking distance are Union Station, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. Refillable SMARTRIP cards are available for purchase at all metro stops. For more information on public transportation visit WMATA.

Parking: TMH does not offer parking and street parking is limited. Most areas offer 2 hour parking from 7:00am-8:30pm and unlimited overnight parking without a permit. However, if you do not have a Residential Parking Permit and your car is seen in the area repeatedly within a 30-day period you may be ticketed for not obtaining proper tags.

Union Station is the nearest public parking garage. There is generally a wait list for obtaining a parking space. Click here to visit their website to obtain up-to-date information.

Temporary Parking Permits: DC offers Reciprocity Parking Permits in special situations. Click here to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, you can obtain a Proof of Residency form from the front office.

Registering Your Vehicle in DC: If you do not meet the requirements for a temporary parking permit, you may choose to register your vehicle in DC. Click here for specific instructions.

Other Transportation Information:

  • Voting: To become a registered voter in the DC area, visit the Board of Elections & Ethics. Please note that you must unregister from your current voting state in order to register as a voter in DC.
  • DC One Card: DC has a new initiative to incorporate multiple cards into one all-inclusive card. The DCOne Card is a library card, Metro card, and can grant access to Public Parks programs. Click here to register or get more information.
  • DC Plastic Bag Policy: Washington DC’s Skip the Bag, Save the River Initiative requires a $0.05 fee per bag from businesses selling food and alcohol. Be sure to take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid the fee.
  • DC Emergency Alerts: The DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response has an alert system to notify residents of severe weather, police activity, road closures, and school and government closings. Notifications can be received via email or text message and can be specified to neighborhoods or work areas. For text alerts sign up here.
  • DC Metropolitan Police Resources: DC Metro PD offers several resources as well as an anonymous tip line for security concerns. You can find the tip line number as well as other important emergency phone numbers here.