As we look back over the past year, we’ve certainly lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. After spending so much more time at home throughout the health crisis, you may be wondering if you should relocate somewhere that offers a better lifestyle, one that would improve your mental health and well-being. Since the pandemic started, the U.S. Census Bureau reported an increase in the percentage of adults with symptoms of anxiety and depression in a recent Household Pulse Survey.
There’s logic behind the idea that making a move could improve one’s quality of life. When people change scenery, we often feel happier. Catherine Hartley, an Assistant Professor at New York University’s Department of Psychology and co-author of a study on how new experiences impact happiness, mentioned:
“Our results suggest that people feel happier when they have more variety in their daily routines—when they go to novel places and have a wider array of experiences.”
If you’re looking for a new experience, planning a move into a new home may be something you’ve started to consider more carefully. If so, you’re not alone. The 2020 Annual National Movers Study by United Van Lines shows:
“For customers who cited COVID-19 as an influence on their move in 2020, the top reasons associated with COVID-19 were concerns for personal and family health and wellbeing (60%); desires to be closer to family (59%); 57% moved due to changes in employment status or work arrangement (including the ability to work remotely); and 53% desired a lifestyle change or improvement of quality of life.”
So, if you’re thinking of moving this year to help boost your happiness factor, here are a few questions to ask yourself as you make your decision.
What’s the weather like?
Is the weather something that’s important to you? Does it have a tendency to impact your mood? The World Population Review shares:
“What states have the best weather? When evaluating each state for temperature, rain, and sun, some states stand out. Although climate and weather preferences are personal and subjective, some criteria are considered to make up the best weather, according to Current Results:
- Comfortable temperatures from 63°F to 86°F for more than half of the year.
- Dry weather with no more than 60 inches of rain per year.
- Mostly clear skies with an average of sunshine for at least 60% of the year.”
“Better weather” can mean different things to different people – some prefer the heat, others cooler temperatures, and some want to experience all four seasons. If you love all four seasons— the heat in the summer and the recreational opportunities of winter, then you’ll love Billings, Montana!
No matter what weather you prefer, think about what makes you feel happiest when considering your ideal location.
Do you want a change of pace?
With the COVID-19 pandemic, many urbanites are deciding to move to lower-density areas like Billings, MT. Robert Dietz, Chief Economist at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), mentions:
“The third quarter Home Building Geography Index (HBGI) reveals that a suburban shift for consumer home buying preferences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating as telecommuting is providing consumers more flexibility to live further out within large metros or even to relocate to more affordable, smaller metro areas.”
Can you work from home? If not, would you prefer a shorter commute? If so, a move to the suburbs or even a smaller city may be a win for you. If you like the amenities of city life, but also want to feel like part of a smaller community, then perhaps Billings, the largest city in a friendly state like Montana, might appeal most.
As we look beyond the trials of the pandemic, you may be hoping for a new beginning, and that may mean moving. If you’re considering Billings, Montana for your next move, reach out to us today to talk about your options for creating a life you love now and in the future.