When you are dealing with pain, you should not be forced to try to remember tasks that still need to be done. Create a timeline and checklists that you can easily reference. This will allow you to spread the chores out. If you save everything you need to do until the last week and your pain level happen to be high at that time, you are going to have a hard time getting things done, even if it is only calling to transfer utilities or pick up your prescription.
If you wait until you are forced to pack several hours at a time you are setting yourself up for a miserable experience. If you start packing early, you can do one large or two small boxes a day, which will only take a few minutes. This requires minimal energy exertion and likely will not affect your pain level at all. Just pick a spare room or corner of the house where you can pile the boxes out-of-the-way.
You will deeply regret trying to save a little money by renting a moving truck and handling everything with a friend or relative. Hiring movers will be money well spent. You can even hire someone to disassemble large items and pack your home, if need be. If you compare moving quotes early, and if you have a flexible schedule, you may be surprised at what a great deal you can get on these professional services.
Find a Doctor
If you are moving a significant distance away, you will want to have a doctor already lined up near your new home. This is especially important if you have a chronic illness causing you pain, or if you take medication. Make sure that you have enough medication to get you through the move and at least a week after, so you are not rushed to go to the doctor or pharmacy, if you don’t have to.
Take Care of Yourself
If you are packing a little more than a box, you may want to take the time to do a little stretching. Picking up heavy items and bending over will use muscles you may not be used to working. If you regularly do yoga, meditate, or anything else to manage pain, pencil in the time to continue with this routine. You may want to have sports gel on hand, and even use a brace to help prevent pain. A hot sea salt bath at night will soothe your muscles and help you fall asleep, as well. Some athletes even recommend mixing sea salt with Epsom salt and baking soda.