As much as home remodelling brings joy and excitement, it also brings a lot of stress, sleepless nights, and changes to our daily routines. Larger remodelling projects can require more time, and you need to find a way to keep your life going as normally as possible during this period.
It is very important to take care of yourself and not forget about your personal needs during remodelling, which can sometimes get difficult to maintain. Here are some bits of advice for you to successfully survive your next home remodelling project.
Planning is essential
Taking enough time to plan and prepare your place and yourself for the upcoming remodelling project is of great importance. Make sure you have enough time to carefully plan the project and all the details related to it.
Visualise and think about what will these changes mean for your daily obligations and how will the works impact your life and the other people and/or animals you share the household with. If you are not living alone, take your time to set up a household meeting and exchange opinions with other tenants.
Set your budget
Make sure you are clear about your budget for the renovation. When you set the amount of money you are ready to spend on the projects, pay close attention to what you count in. You do not have to know the exact price of the investment, but precision is good to avoid unpleasant surprises.
You can have some money on the side for extreme situations if something goes wrong with the plan and you need to pay more for something quickly. But consider that money your emergency-only fund. If you carefully planned the remodelling and booked help if needed in advance, you probably won’t need it.
Have enough sleep
We cannot stress enough how important is for you to have enough sleep during the renovation. Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with work overnight, but if you do, or you just feel overwhelmed by the noise during the day we suggest you invest in acoustic room dividers. These will make your life a bit easier.
If you are not having enough sleep, chances are you will feel cranky after a while, and everything will seem even more exhausting than it already is.
The same goes for other habits related to keeping you healthy and less stressed out. Eat healthy meals even if that means eating them outside of your home. Try to move your body, and go for a walk at least once a day to get some fresh air and clear your mind.
Stop when needed
If you are in a position to take days off from work or you have vacation days left, do it. It might not be the ideal way to spend your free days, but it is better than working full shifts daily while your place is in chaos.
Also, plan some activities out of the house. If you are constantly stuck in there, chances are that you will start to feel trapped. Try to keep your daily routine intact as much as you can. Grab dinner or drinks with your friends and relax outside at least for a bit.
It is very important to know when to press pause and stop pushing yourself. If you are feeling like you are drowning, make sure to ask your therapist for an additional session or something similar.
Therapy is important even without stressful events such as remodelling, so we friendly suggest you get help whenever you feel like it. It is time we take normalising therapy and prioritising mental health more seriously. Do not hesitate to ask for help in any life circumstance.
Tommy Williamson did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.
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