4 Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Home

4 Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Home

Everyone wants to keep their valuables and important and original documents safe from theft and damage. There are two ways to do that, one is to rent a locker in a bank and the other is to get a house safe. While probably a bank locker can be considered more secure, however, it can be a recurring burden on your monthly or quarterly budget.

However, getting a house safe is a more feasible option as it is a onetime investment. So you need to consider it as an investment while selecting one.

What should you consider while selecting a home safe?

The purpose of having a home safe is concealment. Not everyone should be able to view or access it. So, first of all, you need to select a place which is hidden and only you know where it is. Usually, in cases of a break-in, the burglars don’t want to stay for longer time in the house in order to avoid getting caught. This is a fact shown by many surveys.


So by keeping a safe hidden in a cabinet or cupboard which is less obvious can be useful.  The other features or qualities you should consider while selecting a safe are as follows:

Fire Proof:

There are documents or valuables which are too important to risk being lost in case of fire. So select a safe which is fire proof. Although most of the safe out there is fire proof but the extent to which they can resist heat is different. Some are better at this than others.

Fire is a factor which cannot be pre-estimated or told. It is very hard to declare a building or an area to be prone to fire as the circumstances that lead to fire can be or cannot be natural. So if such an accident occurs to you or near you, then you would definitely want your valuable documents or items to be safe and sound.


There are some companies that are so sure of their safe to be fire proof that they give you a warranty that is covered by insurance. If you can you should opt for such safe so you are covered in that regard.

Water Proof:

Thieves are not the only ones to whom you can lose your valuables, nature can do that too. In the case of natural flood or flooding of the plumbing, your important things can be harmed, so you should consider it as a major factor in your selection.

There are areas which are prone to natural floods and these floods are recurring. If you live in such an area then you should definitely look for a waterproof safe. Water might not damage your jewels that much as it can harm or damage your documents and expensive electronic equipment. So if you plan to store your camera or external hard drives etc. in the safe then select a one which is waterproof.


Impact or shock Proof:

You need to know that your safe should also be impact or shock proof. In the case of storms or earthquakes, your safe can experience an impact like falling of a heavy object on it or falling down with a jerk. The safe should have the capability to resist any damage from the result of such event.

This can also happen if somebody is trying to break into your safe by throwing it from a height or using a hammer. If this is a case then definitely you should select a cabinet safe which is impact proof.


There are a number of different types of security mechanisms used in safe these days, some are just good old combination safe, some are digital code operated, while others are biometric fingerprint and electronic ones.


You need to identify the level of security you want and the budget you can spare for the purchase of the safe. Do remember, they don’t come cheap so better consider it as a long-term investment or a one-time buy before setting a budget.

If you consider the explained features in a safe, I am sure you will be able to select a house safe which befits your requirements and budget.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.


3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.


Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:


Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.


8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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