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Ken Torino Ken Torino change encourager. appreciative friend. fresh starter.

Ken Torrino is a web relations specialist for Elliman, brokers for New York City real estate. [www.elliman.com/new-york-city]

A few years back, I lost my roommate and best friend of fifteen years. He was struggling through a battle with cancer and in the end, he lost the fight. Without my lifelong friend, I felt like I couldn’t deal with the world. Every single day, I was forced to live around constant reminders of the loss. It brought me into a depression. My life was in a rut.

I knew that I was never going to escape the pain of losing somebody so close, but I had to get away from the constant reminders. That’s when I decided to move to New York City and start fresh. Within days, I found myself so preoccupied with my surroundings that my life felt as though it had meaning again. I felt rejuvenated, full, and ready to take on the big city. Once more, I felt independent and strong.

Although it is still commonly believed that we can’t run away from our problems, an increasing number of people are beginning to realize that doing exactly that can be among the healthiest moves that an adult can make. Environment truly does have a significant effect on feelings and well-being. There are times when a change is just what we need to rejuvenate our mental and emotional outlook.

Traditional reasons for moving include marriage and job offers in other locations. But an increasing number of us are relocating for less traditional reasons. Many are finding solace in moving to a new area after a life-changing experience such as the death of a loved one, major job loss, or divorce. Some move to a new environment after their children grow up and leave home.

A change of environment can substantially alleviate depression and cause us to take a renewed interest in our surroundings. Someone who is living in a small community might be enlivened by moving to a place like New York City where there is always something fun and interesting to do.

Relocation Therapy is growing in popularity and could definitely be worth exploring. Depending on the circumstances, you may just find that life drastically improves as feelings of depression subside and rich, lasting relationships are formed.

Moving allowed me to cope with my pain and loss. My dear friend’s memory will always live on in me. However, instead of grieving over his loss, now I cherish the life and time that we spent together.

– Ken Torino

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