Now, more than ever, we’re all feeling a little more vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how tenuous our entire way of life has been for generations. Many of us have lost income, some of us have lost jobs. Some of us have even lost people we love to the coronavirus.
As such, it’s perfectly natural that we might not feel as safe as we should. Especially if we live alone. Your home should be a haven. It should be the one place in the world where you are the most relaxed, the most at peace, the most you. But, for many reasons, there are many who don’t feel safe right now. Especially given the number of opportunistic criminals trying to make money from the pandemic.
Here are some ways in which you can help yourself to feel safer at home and make it into both a fortress and a haven for your mental health. Fight the fear by transforming your home.
Spring clean and redecorate
A dank and gloomy home can make us feel insecure and unsafe. However, bright colours, cheerful designs and soft fabrics can make your living space seem much friendlier and more repellant to fearful thoughts. Clutter can also place a strain on your mental health, exacerbating your anxieties as well as creating more shadowy crevices in which dark thoughts can lurk. Use this opportunity to blitz your home, rid yourself of clutter and brighten up the place with a lick of paint. Remember that house plants are a great way to give your living space a healthy dose of cheer as well as oxygenating your living space and helping it to feel more tranquil.
Change your locks
The world outside your door can seem more intimidating than ever under the current circumstances. Whether you are worried about an unwelcome ex or opportunistic burglars trying to gain access to your home, the slightest doubt can keep you up at night. As such, seeing a locksmith and asking them to appraise your lock and recommend some more secure alternatives may be beneficial. There are lots of ways in which a locksmith can help to make your home more secure.
Address creaks and groans
There’s no fear more potent than fear of the unknown. No real-world threat is more terrifying than the unseen forces that cause creaks and groans around the home in the dead of night. And the best way to rid yourself of fear is to make the unknown a known commodity. If you’re plagued by creaks, groans, and gurgles in the night, take the time to find their sources and causes (during the day of course). You’ll find that even if you can’t fix them, knowing their causes will help to rid you of your fear of them.
Invest in a security system
Finally, if you’re worried about your home security, you may want to invest in some additional security. Don’t worry, you don’t necessarily need to put up invasive cameras and barbed wire. Something as simple as a video doorbell or a chain bolt on your door can give you extra peace of mind.