You Are Underappreciating This One Factor When Considering Your Move to the Poconos, and It Could Be a Deal-Maker

New York City is the classic Western example of a bustling city. People everywhere, cars, subway, businesses, fashion, politics, you name it. There is so much ruckus at any given time that it is almost palpable. You anxiously wait for the weekend yet every Monday morning when someone asks you how the weekend was you respond almost instinctively “Not long enough”. Is it still worth it?

You may know this feeling. You are having a very normal morning before you go to work. As soon as you step out of the door, your mood starts to deteriorate for no apparent reason. You stand up in the subway thinking about everything you have to do that day, which is quite a bit. You can’t concentrate, and you just think it is probably because you are so busy and overwhelmed. At work you do find it hard to stay focused and are less productive than usual, which is making you more anxious by the moment. The snowball is rolling down the hill and seems to be growing and gaining momentum. Right at the moment you think you might go off at someone for no reason you decide to go for a quick walk to relax when suddenly you grasp what is making you miserable. This morning when you put your shoes on, one shoelace got tangled between the shoe and your ankle, and its hard tip is right under the soft plant of your foot. That itches like crazy. You also realize you have been unconsciously trying to free yourself from that situation all day by playing around with your foot, sometimes softly kicking a wall or the floor, without success. The relief is immediate once you pull the shoelace out. How could something apparently so small and insignificant cause so much distress yet go unnoticed for so long?

The Princess and the Pea
How could something apparently so small and insignificant cause so much distress yet go unnoticed for so long?

Flossing Out the “Stress” Between Your Molars

The point is that every now and again we come across these small but powerful annoyances. And a place like New York is just full of them. The noise, the dirt, the traffic jams, the smells and the traffic lights are all valid examples. You wish getting rid of stress was just as easy as going to the bathroom when you really need it, but it takes much more than that and oftentimes there is really no simple and easy solution. This is when living away from the city comes into play.

The Poconos are mostly a quiet, peaceful place all year round. The Peacefull Scenerynature provides most of the noises rather than vehicle horns. The symphony of loud music and trucks is offset by “the sound of silence”. Instead of waking up on the weekend to the sound of an ambulance or an ice cream truck (just the thought of it is stressful), you are awaken by birds. Dirt and foul odors are replaced for dead leaves and natural scents. In summary, most of those potentially stressful factors are nullified or minimized.

Road Rage

Population is more sparse in this part of Pennsylvania, so there are not as many traffic lights. To illustrate the point, our church building in Queens was just 2 miles away from our apartment. Yet it took us about 20 min to get there between the 17 traffic lights and Sunday morning traffic, which in New York is worse than it sounds. Not to mention the many turns, countless stop and yield signs and the ever-present potholes. Fast forward to today and it takes us less than 10 minutes to travel the nearly 3 miles to church. There are only 2 traffic lights and one stop sign separating us. Well, the first traffic light doesn’t really count since it is a right turn and here you can turn on red. That alone is worth an entire paragraph, but the author will spare you today 🙂

Traffic lights are fairly insignificant when looked at individually. But you come across them very often in the city and their effects on your level of stress are cumulative, manifesting in the most unexpected Road Ragesituations. Sometimes you catch yourself being overly aggressive in traffic, but other times it is your mood that turns more acid or sarcastic and yet others when you just cannot get enough rest no matter how much sleep you get. Regardless of how many tricks or gimmicks you use to channel your stress or turn it into something positive, at the end of the day you are just delaying the inevitable.

Walking the Walk

Coming to the Poconos improved my life considerably. Just the thought of coming back home was a way to relax. Before the move I was welcomed by our old post-war building, an elevator and then our apartment where my wife and kids were confined to for an extended period of time. Now I come back home and my kids could be playing in the yard for hours and I can walk straight home from the garage. Everyone has more energy and even our interactions improved quite a bit. And since my daily commute involves a lot less walking, I can afford spicing it up by adding a 10 mile two-way bike ride between the office in Brooklyn to the Port Authority area where the buses leave from. That also does wonders in terms of stress relief.

Even if you believe you are not “the peace and quiet type”, your body (and certainly your physician) may advise you to reconsider that

Pressure Makes Diamonds
…it also makes people very unhappy.

conclusion in short notice. Heart problems, diabetes, depression, anxiety and a plethora of other medical conditions can be traced back to and/or worsened considerably by stressful living and working environments. Although I wish none of these happen to any NYC or other large metropolis dwellers, wishing it may not do much more good than a sugar pill. Even conventional medicine may help only to a certain point to treat, but not cure these ills. What you may need is actually a more drastic but permanent solution: you have to get out of the city as quickly as possible. And when you do, the Poconos should be your top choice when it comes to avoiding or mitigating the perverse effects of stress.

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12 Replies to “You Are Underappreciating This One Factor When Considering Your Move to the Poconos, and It Could Be a Deal-Maker”

  1. I visited the Poconos about 10 years ago and fell in love with the place! I know this may sound airy-fairy (hey I’m from California) but there was a really nice energy there. Not sure about relocating because of winters, but would like to plan another visit sometime. What are the highlights you suggest we take in? p.s.

    Great post except it’s a little difficult to read and type is so light.

    1. Hello, Jackie.

      This is indeed a special place, despite the cold winters. You should definitely stop by sometime for another visit! There are plenty of things to do here and we will be publishing more detailed info about it right before the spring, but in the meantime I suggest a couple local websites for now.

      http://www.poconomountainsliving.com/

      https://www.poconomountains.com/

      There is a bit of everything here. What type of activities do you enjoy the most? Outdoors, something for the kids, night life?

      Thank you for the feedback by the way! I was playing around with the themes today and this one happened to fix one problem I was having but create a different one. It should be fixed now.

  2. Sounds like a great place to move into. Less traffic, less noise and less people. All these factors contribute to a better, more relaxed living environment. I mean who doesn’t want that?

    Are the houses or apartments in Poconos expensive? I think living costs is another factor to consider when deciding to move to a new place. And what about schools? Are they near to your home?

    Great article!

    1. Hi there, thank you for stopping by!

      The cost of living here is much lower than most of the surrounding metro areas, especially NYC. We touched upon a few factors in a previous post you might enjoy:

      https://liveinthepoconos.net/to-rent-or-to-buy-6-m

      The school districts here are excellent. Our kids go to Stroudsburg District but there is also the nearby East Stroudsburg District. I’m biased for the first because of the reviews we got before we moved in, but if you research online you will see that both are highly rated. Both schools are 15-20 away from us by car. We will be publishing a post with videos with more information shortly, but feel free to contact us for more info in the meantime.

  3. I am a city gal, but New York would seem too big of a city to me. So, I could totally see myself moving to the Poconos. No problem what so ever! How far is it from New York City? I can always get my city fix by coming in for the weekend and staying at a luxurious hotel. To have peace and quiet seems wonderful.

    1. Totally agree! I was raised in a large city as well, but at this point in my life I felt like my family and I had more to gain by living away (but not too far away) from one. NYC is just an hour and a half away, which is long enough for a quick weekend trip but not far enough to require too much forward preparation. We are at the sweet spot here 🙂

  4. Thank you for this informative post.

    I really like the information you’ve provided here mostly because I can totally relate!

    I have experiences of shifting from a noisy apartment to a very peaceful and calm villa in the suburbs.

    Before, I used to live in an apartment, very much like a person would in NYC and well, it was always filled with noise, be it the children playing in the corridors of the building or constant car honking sounds.

    Then one day, we finally moved to a completely different place and I must say being around nature is so much better. It does help a person think more clearly and love his/her surroundings better.

    Thank you once again for sharing!

    Cheers,
    Suhail.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Suhail. I appreciate you sharing a bit of your own experience, especially since it is so similar to ours. How are you liking your new place?

  5. When I returned to my folks’ new home in the Poconos from college in Miami, FL, I thought that while the Poconos provided a seven and peaceful lifestyle for my parents, I felt I was stuck in “the country” for lack of a better word. However, when I interned in the city, I remember taking the 1.5 hr drive to a park & ride in NJ and was able to take advantage of all the bustling city has to offer yet returned home every night feeling calmed and relieved. Now, as an adult settled into my career & probably a little less outgoing than in those years, I can appreciate the peacefulness a lot more & look at visiting the folks in the Poconos like a staycation opportunity and much needed break from the world.

  6. I love the Poconos! I used to live on Long Island and had a trailer in the Poconos. I could only go there on the weekends and the traffic was terrible and now it’s even worse.
    I love the country and there is so much wide open space in the Poconos. It was the place I was going to retire too but I opted for Florida instead because of the snow up there and still going back to Long Island to visit family and friends.
    It’s much less stressful in the Poconos. Now I’m actually thinking of looking for a house there instead.

  7. I lived in New York on Long Island and I can sure relate to the traffic and stress of commuting. And talk about road rage? Oh geez!
    Moving to Florida was the right move for me to lessen the stress of life. But my other choice to move to was the Poconos. I loved being away from the city and being in the country.
    I’m looking forward to going back up north and actually looking in the Poconos to possibly move there. The biggest thing holding me back is the winters and the snow.
    But everything else was right? It might be a consideration. Thank you!

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