How Moving to Rhode Island Saved My Mental Health
Let me take you back to 2017.
I was living in NYC and felt so suffocated. I didn’t know what to do about this feeling- until I visited Providence, Rhode Island for the first time.
Back then, Providence just seemed like a mecca to me. Being in a small, artsy city in contrast to NYC gave me a culture shock in the best way possible. A new chapter of my life was calling to me, and I needed to answer it.
So in October of 2017, I packed up and left my Astoria apartment and moved to New England. I started out in Boston for about a month, but I just couldn’t stay away from Providence. Around this time, I began dating my then-best friend and current boyfriend, so that was just an added bonus.
The time I spent with him consisted of eating pizza in Federal Hill, exploring Thayer Street, and even visiting H.P. Lovecraft’s grave! Between the all of the fun adventures that Providence held, and falling in love with my partner, it seemed that Rhode Island would be bliss.
In the almost two years that I’ve lived here, there have definitely been ups and downs. I’ve had several jobs in that time, including following my passion and spending a year teaching drama to elementary schoolers. Now, I’m living my dream and working from home as a freelance writer, which is just perfect.
I live in a first floor apartment with my boyfriend and our roommate, where the rent is a fraction of NYC prices. It’s also home to our two beautiful cats, who we love dearly. We spend the weekends going up to Boston, and exploring other parts of New England as well as our own city.
Basically, what I’m saying is, if you have the urge to uproot your life and start fresh somewhere new, I’d say DO IT. It might be the best decision you ever make. Relocating for the sake of your mental health can lead to new friends, new adventures, and a new place to call home.