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Top Strategies And Services That Can Help Make Moving Home Much Easier

Top Strategies And Services That Can Help Make Moving Home Much Easier

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Did you know that moving home is rated by psychologists as one of the most stressful ‘life events’ we can go through? According to Seyle’s ‘Life Events Stress Rating Scale’ it is right up there with a death in the family, or losing a job and anyone who has moved home recently will probably agree that while it’s not quite as traumatic as either of those things, it certainly does take over your life and leave you reeling.

But the good news is that there are things you can do to make moving home a lot less stressful – and if you understand these strategies and employ them then you’ll find it goes a lot more smoothly and takes up a lot less time. Here are some tips to help make your next move less on-par with losing your job and more like… having a bad hair day.

Use Storage

One of the biggest stresses of moving home is that you have a very small window in which to move – this being the time between when you can move into the new property but haven’t yet sold the old one. Sometimes this is a very narrow opportunity, but by using a storage unit just for a month you don’t need to worry about it – and you can start moving things over much sooner.

Start Early

In general, starting early is highly advisable as it means you aren’t rushing around last minute to try and move all of your belongings. If you know you’re moving out, then start going through your old documents and things a couple of months in advance and whittling down your things. This way the job will never seem insurmountable.

Use a Spare Room

Of course the downside of starting early is that it means you’ll end up with mess all over the house as you take things apart and pack things into boxes which then makes it difficult to show people around. Unless that is, you were to designate a single room in the house for you to store all those boxes and things so that you could keep them organised and start work while keeping the rest of the home tidy and easy to move around in.

Buy Good Boxes

Moving home is stressful when you have to carry Tesco bags filled with all your belongings and cardboard boxes that are coming apart at the seems. Avoid this by investing in some decent boxes and bags – it’s well worth it for how much easier it will be to move.

Rent a Skip

Does looking at all the things in your home that need to be moved fill you with dread? Well then just take this opportunity to narrow those things down so that you don’t have too much to get rid of. It sounds ruthless, but believe me you can probably reduce your things by 50% and not miss any of it too much. (And if you do? Buy it again!) More to the point it will be liberating and give you a fresh start in your new home, while at the same time meaning you have much less to move. Use skip bin hire to provide yourself with an easy way to dispose of anything non-essential.

The author of this article, Michael Corris, a home décor blogger who shares his experience through guest posts.

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At-Home Blood Test Kits Can Make Patients Lives Easier, Say Experts

At-Home Blood Test Kits Can Make Patients Lives Easier, Say Experts

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We live in a day and age where time has become a precious commodity, since the pace of life seems to be constantly accelerating, and an increasing number of people are finding themselves in the difficult position of having to juggle personal and professional demands. As such, a worrying set of statistics will reveal that more and more Americans will purposely disregard their own health and fitness condition, simply because they don’t have enough time (or money) to properly monitor their own wellbeing. However, it is equally shocking to find out that people will purposely choose not to get lab tests and argue they don’t have the time required to go to a clinic, especially since the proliferation of at home blood test kits. Some people worry that such tests are insufficiently safe, while others have qualms over drawing their own blood. However, more and more experts are agreeing that this view is a matter of education: by educating themselves on what such blood tests do, how they work, and what they can assess, many people could avoid health risks altogether.

What Can You Test Yourself for?

Given the advances of medical science, at the moment it is possible for patients to test themselves at home for a wide range of conditions, disorders, and symptoms. According to Health Testing Centers, a Stress Test Kit, for instance, will allow one to test one’s own cortisol levels. The release of this hormone is one of the body’s first responses to stressful situations, and measuring its levels four times during one day can provide an accurate description of one’s adrenal fatigue levels. Similarly, there exist specialized hormone test kits, especially targeted for men and women past the age of fifty – a stage of life during which the body’s hormone production mechanisms undergo dramatic changes, because of menopause or simply due to the effects of natural aging. Another complex and important test kit is the one for gauging cardiovascular risks of illness, through assessing several risk areas, such as hemoglobin levels, cholesterol (total, LDL, HDL, and VLDL), and fasting insulin.

How at Home Test Kits Work

It’s important to note that most at-home test kits are complementary to regular lab work – that is, they can’t and shouldn’t replace them altogether, as a blood or saliva test undertaken by a health care professional in a clinical environment is likely to be more accurate and telling. That being said, at home test kits will usually analyze a sample of saliva or blood. Syringes are not used in such tests, as they could prove perilous for an untrained non-professional; instead, blood is drawn through a simple and painless blood prick. Each test contains thorough and detailed instructions for proper usage.

Recently, a Veterans Affairs Medical Center research report revealed that at home blood tests are just as relevant and effective for elderly patients, who would otherwise need to visit a doctor’s office on a weekly or even multi-weekly basis for monitoring against blood clots. At-home weekly tests could come to replace such a taxing schedule of visits at clinics, for patients who are already old and find it hard to pay such visits frequently. And the experts agree that while anti-coagulation medication is basically keeping their elderly patients alive, something needs to be done to try and alleviate their efforts.

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