Your health should always be your top priority, but this is especially true when facing a house move – one of the most stressful experiences you can go through in life. Staying safe, healthy, and sane during a move is critical, so make sure you’re in good shape, both mentally and physically, to plan a successful transition.
Here’s how you can survive a move and stay healthy while doing it.
This is easier said than done when you’re busy trying to pack up your house. It’s so easy to just call up and get takeout every night. But resist the urge, and stock up your fridge and pantry with healthy options. You’ll need the physical strength and emotional stamina to survive the coming weeks.
Develop a healthy meal plan and tailor it to your specific needs. Create a menu for every meal — breakfast, lunch, and dinner – on each day leading up to the move. Keep some healthy snacks on hand too, such as fruits, dried fruits, nuts, and whole-grain crackers to keep up your energy levels.
Prepare home-cooked meals, which bring you two benefits: not only are these healthier foods because you can control what goes into them (salt, seasonings, etc.), but you are also doing yourself a favor by depleting your stores of food before the move. Less you have to throw out or take with you!
Don’t skip meals. Have a nutritious breakfast to start the day, take a break for lunch, and have a healthy dinner. Try to stay away from junk food, but keep non-perishable healthy snacks close by for when your energy level plummets.
Staying hydrated throughout the duration of the preparation period and moving day is essential, especially if you’re moving during the peak of summer. Dehydration can lead to increased thirst, headaches, dry mouth, dry skin, and dizziness – nothing you want to experience while working hard.
Water is best, but you can also try some green tea without added sugar to quench your thirst. Stay away from carbonated drinks with high sugar content.
Get Enough Sleep
Moving is stressful, anxiety-provoking and a lot of hard work. To cope with this, you need to be well rested. Go to bed at the same time every night to ensure a healthy dose of undisturbed sleep. With less sleep, it’s much harder to concentrate on the tasks you have to tackle each day. You need between seven and nine hours of sleep a night.
Packing is one of the most dreaded tasks on anyone’s moving checklist because it takes a long time to complete if you do it right. Plus, you have to pick up all the packing materials, organize boxes, label them, store them, etc. To stay healthy and stress-free, make it a point to pack efficiently, quickly, easily, and cheaply, all with minimum stress.
- Start small. Pack things little by little, room by room.
- Follow a packing timeline to minimize wasted time.
- Start with the toughest rooms and make your way to the straightforward ones.
- De-clutter before beginning the packing process.
- Take frequent breaks to avoid exertion.
- Break up the packing process into manageable mini-tasks.
- Hire your movers to pack for you if you don’t have the time.
Use Proper Lifting Techniques
Staying injury-free throughout the move starts with using proper lifting techniques. One wrong move or slip can lead to serious injury, sidelining you for weeks. You can’t afford this kind of delay. Lift with the knees, not the back. Ask for help when moving heavy things. Leave the bulky and heavy stuff for your movers.
- Keep your back straight and your shoulders back when lifting.
- Get a good grip on the boxes you’re lifting and moving.
- Wear work gloves for extra grip and for finger protection.
- Keep heavy objects close to your waist to maintain a center of gravity.
- Move slowly while carrying heavy items.
Your health, and the health of your family and friends, is vital. There are many situations that may arise during a move that can be risky and dangerous, which can lead to bad injuries if you don’t practice the utmost care and attention to safety measures.
Check out these safety precautions:
- Use proper moving equipment to prevent injuries. Place furniture sliders under the legs of furniture so those pieces can easily glide across the room with little effort and zero floor damage. Use a furniture or appliance dolly when moving heavy household objects or boxes.
- Wear comfortable shoes that offer traction and good ankle support. Wear clothes that offer freedom of movement and comfort, as well as work gloves to protect your hands and fingers.
- Clear all pathways leading from your home, making sure there are no obstacles that could endanger your safety. All paths should be free of dirt, mud, snow, or ice.
Hire Professionals for Moving Day
The single most effective way to lower your stress is to hire movers to handle the physical portion of your move. Moving day brings many risks and dangers, especially when big and heavy household items must be transported and loaded onto a truck.
One wrong move can result in property damage, such as scratched floors and walls, or personal injuries, such as cuts, scrapes, crushed fingers, strained ankles and pulled back muscles. If this is your first move, the threat to your mental and physical well-being will be even greater.
Stay healthy…Stay safe…Stay sane! Follow these tips for a healthy, safe and efficient move.
Contact Best Fit Movers
Ready to book your move to your new home? Feel free to contact us in San Diego, Orange County or San Francisco and we would be happy to supply you with a free quote. We offer moving, storage and packing services to lower your stress, keep you healthy and ensure a successful transition from one home to another.