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How To Feel Safer When Living Alone

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Living alone is something that’s exciting and will actually help you grow as a person to become more independent, self-sufficient and figure out how to do things on your own, which is why it’s actually recommended as something that everyone should do once in their lives before living with anyone else.

However, like all things that help us to grow and learn, it can also be extremely scary. Sometimes the fear just comes from the unknown and feelings of insecurity of wondering if it’s something you can actually do on your own will crop up. In other cases, the fear can come from real things and are a genuine cause for concern, such as living in a less than desirable neighborhood.

If you are getting ready to live on your own for the first time or are currently living on your own and are feeling any kind of fear around this, then we want to share some tips that can hopefully help you take some practical steps to, not only ensuring your safety, but to helping you feel more safe and comfortable in your home.

 

Give your place a safety once-over: 

If you’re just moving into a new home or are thinking of taking it, then make sure you feel safe before signing anything. This includes making sure that doors and windows are easily secured from the inside and can’t be easily opened from the outside or simply by some light force. Also making sure that the windows aren’t easy to break, such as the case with single-pane glass windows. 

Get to know your neighbors: 

In today’s society, especially in cities where people don’t really stay in the same place for longer periods like they did in the past, it’s become less common for people to actually know the people in their building or on their street. When you move in, make a point of going and introducing yourself to your neighbors and even inviting them over for a drink or housewarming party. This is, not only a good way to get to know new people, but knowing who’s living around you will definitely help you feel less alone and more safe. 

Keep your keys where you can easily get them: 

Instead of waiting until the last second before you reach your door to start fumbling in your bag for your keys and attracting attention to yourself with the noise that keys make, then make sure you keep them in an easy to find place so that you can just grab them when at your door and open it quickly. 

Leave a main light on: 

Most people looking to break into a house are hoping it’s empty, or at the very least that those living there are asleep, so in order to be and feel a bit safer when going to bed at night, leaving a main light that’s visible to the outside such as a hall or living room light on is a good idea. 

Get a dog: 

Although safety isn’t the main reason you should get a dog, having a breed such as a german shepherd is definitely going to be a great way to keep you safe and help you feel safe since these are extremely intelligent and protective dogs that also work alongside the police, so if you’re looking for a dog that is a wonderful companion and protector, then these breeds are one to consider.

Brandy Ellen is a born and raised NH resident who enjoys living life to the fullest. Raising 3 kids and a pug, Brandy spends her free time writing for her two blogs – ParentInfluence and Brandy EllenWrites. Brandy is also a ghostwriter for other blogs, click here to hire Brandy to write for you.

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