Staying Healthy and Safe During a Move to New Home
Moving to a new home is considered to be one of the most stressful events in one’s life, and for a good reason. Sure, it can be fun and exciting, but let’s not delude ourselves: there is a lot to do. Due to all of the responsibilities you’ll need to take on, it can be easy to feel swamped and to neglect your health.
No matter how many tasks you need to complete, a top priority should be staying healthy and safe during a move. Here are seven tips to follow that will help you to remain healthy.
- Stay hydrated
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Follow Coronavirus guidelines
- Clear enough room to work
- Find time to sleep
- Avoid heavy lifting
- Have the proper gear and clothes
Try to make drinking plenty of fluids an everyday habit.Realistically, it iseasy to forget when dealing with a busy schedule. When moving, you can expect a lot of physical activity, so it is imperative to stay hydrated.
Drinking fruit and vegetable juices are a great way to intake vitamins and sugars in a healthy way that will boost your immune system when you need it the most – in times of stress and physical exertion.
Keep bottles of water and juice in multiple places; leave a few out in the open so they can remind you to take a sip every now and then.
Maintain a healthy diet
Not having enough time in your day for a healthy meal is an issue many people face on an everyday basis. This only gets exacerbated when you are moving to a new home.
The food you eat has an enormous impact on your overall health. While an unhealthy diet can cause many illnesses and health issues, a balanced diet can go a long way towards preventing and mitigating many health issues.
In the days prior to the move, try to prepare meals that you can store for when you need them but have little time to cook. When it comes to packing your household possessions, make sure to leave some kitchen dishes and pots handy, so you still have the option of whipping up a quick last-minute meal.
Plan for the busiest days in advance and think of what you will eat, so you don’t have to order pizza for several days in a row. Have healthy snacks readily available, like a trail mix of nuts and raisins. Such snacks are lightweight, can easily be stored, last a long time, and provide a healthy energy boost when you need a bit of a pick me up.
Follow Coronavirus guidelines
Contact your moving company and inquire about the precautions they are taking. Wear gloves and a mask and greet the movers with a smile and wave instead of a handshake. Before the move, wipe down and disinfect any surfaces that will frequently be touched, such as doorknobs, light switches and countertops.
Provide disinfectants and soaps in all bathrooms and kitchens, while also cleaning the faucets and sinks regularly. Besides issuing general guidelines, the CDC has also updated considerations for multifamily housing and move-ins. Check them out to stay up to date and you should be fine.
Clear enough room to work
Packing your possessions in labeled boxes may seem like a good idea, but have you considered where you will store all of the boxes while you are still doing work around the house? Clear all your pathways, so you don’t trip when carrying something heavy. Know the pathways from the truck, through the front door, and to all of the rooms, and keep those paths free of any furniture or boxes.
During this time, you will likely need to store some of your belongings somewhere. Also, if the boxes you have packed won’t leave your home immediately, it may be best to avoid unpleasant situations to rent a storage unit.
If you store away your possessions and furniture until you need them, you will de-clutter your home, giving you enough room to work in. Be sure to scout the exact path you will take when carrying something heavy. Know where you will put things and avoid improvised decisions on where to leave boxes – this will significantly reduce the cleanup time once everything has been carried in.
Find time to sleep
When the days get so long that you simply need more hours to accomplish everything, most people tend to cut down on their sleep to gain the extra time they require. Sleep deprivation can have adverse effects on your health, and a lack of sleep will probably leave you without the energy you need for the move.
Lack of focus from fatigue can lead to you forgetting something important, and a move is when you need your mental faculty the most. Sleepless nights can also affect your motor skills, and being sleepy is a serious injury risk.
Try to be well-rested if you can, which will lead to you staying healthy and safe during a move. Getting up early is probably something that will be hard to avoid when you are moving, so try to have as many early nights as you can. Take a nap whenever your schedule permits it; your mind and body will be grateful.
Avoid heavy lifting
Sure, you can do some of the lifting and carrying, but don’t think you can do everything on your own. Get friends to help, or even better- hire professional movers to do the work for you.
When you are still in the packing stages, try to spread out the heavy stuff and mix it in with some lighter items in the same boxes or containers. A box full of light sweaters is no problem, but a box filled just with heavy books might be.
Aim for your containers to be around 20 or 25 pounds, making them easy to carry without worrying about spraining yourself. Spraining your back on the day of the move is not something anyone wants. Practice proper lifting techniques to stay healthy and safe during a move, especially when paired with lightly packed boxes.
Have the proper gear and clothes
Always dress appropriately for the job at hand, this is generally a good rule to follow, and it rings true when moving. No one will judge you for your fashion choices while you are moving to a new home. Avoid clothes that you just bought and don’t want to damage, and stay away from light fabrics that can
easily get torn. Get out an old sweater, cargo pants, some comfortable boots or sneakers, and you are ready to do all kinds of work around the house. Depending on how much of the physical labor you are doing yourself, you might need to pick up a portable dolly, furniture straps, and work gloves. Using the proper gear will guard you against sprains, blisters, and chafed hands.
If you are taking care of yourself by staying healthy and safe during a move, you will reduce the amount of stress in already hectic activity. Carve out a bit of time for yourself, and you will find that your mood will improve, giving you more energy to tackle any issues that might arise.
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