A PCS brings change, change, and more change. Not only will you have a new job, but you’ll be getting used to a new house and new people as well. Some individuals may thrive when experiencing change and are excited by the potential for new opportunities, while others may feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the unknown. Stress isn’t something we experience only with negative events, but positive events too. If you have ever been promoted, brought home a newborn, or planned a wedding, you have experienced this! Whether you’re feeling good or bad about moving, it is common to experience some level of stress during a PCS. Here are some tips to manage PCS stress:
If stress is not managed appropriately, it can impact your health, your relationships, and your job. If you are feeling stressed and it is negatively impacting your life, there are resources to help you. Coping with Work and Family Stress is a stress management class that teaches skills to help you deal with life. Contact your local Family Advocacy Program for more information. Additionally, help is available through your local Community Counseling Program and the DSTRESS Line at (877) 476-7734.
Transitions are often complex, challenging, and can bring many powerful emotions. Learning the Five R's can help you better prepare for cultural adjustment and transitions.
You have received orders to re-locate and need to set-up a move. Wondering what to do next? The Defense Personal Property System is the DoD one-stop source for managing personal property moves.
Do you need help relocating but don’t know where to start? Then the Information and Referral (I&R) office at your installation should be your first stop.