Threats to Your Health That Might Exist in Your Home

We all want and expect our homes to be places where we can be happy, relaxed and comfortable. That’s all well and good, but there might also be aspects of your home that are actually doing damage to your health and that might be holding you back in certain ways. That’s obviously not what you want at all. So if you want to start removing those health threats from your home, here’s more about them.

Mold on the Walls

When there’s mold on the walls of your home, even when it doesn’t look like there’s too much of it, you need to take action and get it removed. The mold will release spores into the air, which can then be detrimental to your health when you breathe it in. That’s obviously not what you want, so address mold problems as soon as they arise.

Excessive Dust

Too much dust in the air will also be bad for your health and your lungs in particular. That’s why you should do what you can to keep the dust under control. That means taking the time to do more cleaning and also thinking about how the ducts and air filters in your home are cleaned and replaced. You need to stay on top of all of those things if you want to limit dust in your space.

Mosquitos and Other Bugs

It’s a good idea to think about how pests and insects in your home might be having an impact on your health and your general ability to feel relaxed and comfortable at home. If you have mosquitos taking over your space, for example, it’s a good idea to call mosquito control and have it dealt with. Bugs and insects can be a huge negative for your physical and mental health.

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Unclean Pets

Yes, we all love our pets but they can sometimes be detrimental to our health too when we don’t keep them clean and clean up after them properly. Like it or not, you have to spend more time cleaning your home when you have pets living in them. Some of the bacteria they leave lying around in the home can be quite nasty and can cause illnesses in humans in some cases.

Poor Air Quality

The general quality of the air in your home is definitely one of the things that can impact your health. That’s why it’s something that you need to try and stay on top of. You can improve it in lots of ways, such as by measuring it and using purification methods, and simply by letting in more fresh air more often. It’s definitely something to keep an eye on.

As you can see, there are many potential health threats that might exist in your home, and now is the time to do something about them. If you can address the issues discussed above, you’ll immediately make your home a healthier place and you’ll have less things to worry about in that department.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Make Sure You Are Ready For An Emergency With These Tips

Let’s face it: a family emergency is something that all of us hope that we’ll never have to encounter. From health problems to house problems, though, we’ve all suffered from emergencies at some point. Here are some tips on how to get your life in order so you’re as prepared for an emergency as you possibly can be.

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Keep Everything Up To Date

 

First and foremost, it’s vital that you keep everything in your home and in your life as up to date as you can. If your boiler requires annual checks, make sure that you schedule them rigorously. Likewise, you should get your car checked frequently, particularly if it’s an older and more unreliable model. Your own health should be even more of a priority than the material objects in your life. If you don’t feel well, make sure that you go to the doctor, and ensure that you get an annual physical. If you have any health problems, it’s best to treat them as early as possible to have the best possible recovery. Likewise, if any family members don’t feel well, encourage them to get medical treatment as soon as you can. Make sure you know where your nearest 

urgent care center is. 

 

Have An Escape Planned

 

There are plenty of emergencies that crop up from health issues to car problems to house things that need to be fixed quickly, but there are other emergencies like fires, floods and earthquakes that might mean you need to leave your home immediately. Make sure that you have your escape planned – you should know a rough area of where your pets sleep at night so you can grab them quickly, and you should ensure that your kids know exactly what to do if they smell smoke or notice something strange in your home. Keep the essentials next to your bed so you can grab them if you need to – you might need your glasses, your medication, your passport, your charged cell phone and a bank card. Even if you lose everything else to a fire or another natural disaster, having those things with you will help you make it through the next couple of days. 

 

Help Your Kids To Be Independent

 

Finally, it’s important to raise your kids to be independent and resilient. If you have to be out for the evening, then you want your teenagers to be able to make dinner for themselves – or at the very least to know how to call for pizza! Help your kids to be contributing members of your household by assigning them chores to do so that if they have to take on more responsibility one day because you’re tied up elsewhere, it won’t be too much of a shock to their systems. Teach them how to use your washing machine and dishwasher, and encourage them to learn to drive as early as they can. If your kids are independent, then they’ll be able to help out as much in an emergency as they can.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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4 Ways To Tackle Parenting Stresses

Every parent has times when it feels to be an inordinate amount of work to be done and little time to complete it. Trying to raise children, maintain a home, and fit all of your other responsibilities into your day may leave you exhausted and overwhelmed, making it tough to remain on top of your to-do list. Being a parent is the most wonderful job in the world, but it is also the most demanding and exhausting. It’s critical to find techniques to control your stress so that it doesn’t take over your life.

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Chronic stress is defined as stress that persists and shows no indications of abating. Chronic stress can result in physical symptoms such as headaches and problems sleeping. It is critical to take care of yourself in order to be the best parent you can be and to feel at your best. Here are some stress-relieving suggestions for busy parents:

Make A List Of Everything

Trying to keep track of everything you need to accomplish in your head without forgetting them can be difficult and stressful. Writing everything down is a great technique to ease the stress of remembering everything and should make your life a lot easier. Keeping a notebook can be beneficial in addition to noting down key dates and tasks to be completed.

 

Journaling every day is a wonderful technique to reclaim your mental space and serves as a mental dump where you may express yourself and write everything down. The act of writing out your feelings may be quite cathartic and provide a sense of release.

Don’t Try To Do Everything On Your Own

If you’re frequently annoyed because you have to do all of your household chores by yourself, changing this is a good idea. If your children are old enough, assign them some age-appropriate responsibilities. Having your family assist you will keep you from growing resentful of having to do everything on your own and will allow you to spend significantly less time on housework each day.

Look After Yourself

You may find it difficult to carve out time for yourself in the bustle that is family life. It’s critical to set aside some time each week to care for yourself. It’s also important to take care of the essentials, such as getting adequate sleep and eating nutritious meals. As a pick-me-up, some people find chat lines to be beneficial in reducing tension and anxiety.

Allow Perfection To Go

If you find yourself comparing your life to others on social media, it’s time to put an end to it. Trying to achieve perfection and present a picture-perfect family life might add to the stress and make you feel even worse. The best method to spend quality time with your family is to let go of perfection and achieve balance in your life.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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