Living alone can be the most liberating or the most frightening experience. But once you master the right way for living alone I assure you, you’ll value the freedom.
When you reach your early twenties, it becomes clearer that you need to be able to spread your wings and make your own way in the world. Living alone can give you great skills to do this successfully.
There will come a time in your life where being at home with your parents simply doesn’t feel right anymore. You need the opportunity to find your own feet and learn essential life skills.
It can be difficult to find affordable flats or houses at such a young age, and often it means that we end up staying at home struggling to live our lives as we should be doing. It may take a long time to save up for your own home, apartment or flat, but once you do, you will finally be on your way to being independent.
Living alone for the first time can feel daunting, but don’t fret; I have some tips for you to stop you from feeling lonely.
When Living Alone Find Excuses to Go Out
It could be that you only have half a pint of milk left in the fridge, or maybe you want to look for a new candle for your living room. Making time each week to leave the house for a few hours can help you to feel part of society and stop you from feeling shut off from the world.
If you can, try to arrange a cafe date with your friends or pop over to your parents for a cup of tea. Stay connected to the world and make sure you live your life openly to be happy.
Get A Suitable Pet
If you are allowed to, get yourself a pet. You don’t need to dive straight in with a dog, because they can take up a lot of time and effort, however a cat could be the perfect option if you work full time and have a ground floor flat or a house.
Animals are known to relieve stress, they are used frequently in therapy with those who suffer from depression as well as for elderly folk who need a companion.
Having that extra body by your side will make you feel more comfortable and you will never feel lonely. If you are down, just give your pet a cuddle and you will feel better!
The great thing about having a dog is that it will force you to get out of the house and exercise too.
Brighten Up Your Living Alone Space
One of the things which can make you feel shut off and trapped is a dark and gloomy home. If you have a dark home at the moment, consider investing in bigger windows, light walls and splashes of colour.
It will make a surprisingly big difference to you and the way you feel at home.
Get Off Your Phone
Social media is one of those things which has its advantages and disadvantages. By watching other people around you going out and having fun while you are sat alone at home in your pyjamas, it will just make you feel even more lonely.
Instead, grab a book and a glass of wine and lose yourself in a good story for a while.
Living alone can be a wonderful experience. You only have yourself to clean up after, you can watch whatever you want on Netflix, play your music loud (keep neighbours in mine, tho), and you always know what’s in the fridge.
You can also eat pizza in bed with no-one to tell you off. Perfect.