How To Avoid Getting The Creeps In Your Home

It’s a horrible feeling when you get the creeps for no reason. Normally you’re on your own at night when no one is in or everyone is asleep, and then seeing something on TV, reading something or just mistaking the shape of your coat can set you off. From that point on, your imagination turns every creaking floorboard and every shadow into an intruder or a ghost and you find yourself hypersensitive to every little noise and with no chance of sleeping. Ever flushed the toilet and literally run down the corridor to get in bed before the noise sounds? Then you know what I’m talking about.

Often this is a completely random feeling that’s not based on any logic, but it can be compounded if you don’t feel safe in your home, or if your property is in some way scary. Here we will look at some of the things that commonly set off bouts of ‘the creeps’ and how you can prevent it from happening.

Reduce Noise

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Noises outside your property can set off the creeps big time, particularly if you have single glazing and live on a busy road where you’ll hear sirens and people arguing. Likewise if you hear animals like foxes crying in the night or cat’s fighting this can be quite alarming when you’re on edge. Insulating your rooms with double glazing or even just hanging a rug on the wall can help you to do this greatly.

Avoid Light and Shapes

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One of the most common causes of the creeps is when you see a branch moving outside the window and briefly think it’s someone watching you through the glass. It’s a horrible moment but one that can be avoided easily by cutting back your branches and hedges by the window. Failing that, simply using blinds or a heavy curtain can help you to avoid the moving shapes and light.

Increase Security

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Sometimes all you need to do is to increase your peace of mind by designing your home in a way that you know no one would be able to get in. Create as many layers of defence as possible by getting gates, walls and fences, and make sure each of them has a good lock in place. You should also make sure to maintain these things at all times with fence repair and anything else you need to keep your home as protected as possible.

What to Do When You Get the Creeps

Even with all these things in place you might still find yourself sometimes terrified to be in your own home – after all a ghost can walk through fences. So what’s the solution? All you really have to do is to find a way to change your mood and to take your mind off of your worries. You can do this by watching a funny film or TV episode, listening to some jolly music, or even just calling someone up to have a chat and a laugh about how silly you’re being.

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Derek Grant, author of this post, works as a painter for a prominent fencing and decking company. His hobbies include football, baseball and writing blog articles

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