Living by yourself isn’t an easy thing to do. You don’t have someone in the house with you to laugh at your favorite show with. You may often feel afraid that someone will break into your home and since you are alone, you won’t have anyone to protect you. There are many reasons why someone wouldn’t want to live by themselves, but some don’t have any other choice.
If you must live on your own, here are some tips that can help you better cope.
1. Tips for feeling safer.
If you are having trouble dealing with feelings that someone is going to come into your home and you won’t know what to do, than it’s important that you take precautions to make yourself feel better. Such as:
- Getting an alarm.
- Adding more locks to your doors.
- Keeping your windows locked at all times.
- Keeping a baseball bat under your bed and near your front door.
- Always have a phone near you or on you.
2. Beating Feelings of loneliness.
When you live alone it’s very easy to start feeling lonely. Here are some things you can do to beat feelings of loneliness.
- Get a pet. Pets are great company. A dog or a cat can sleep in your bed so you don’t feel like you’re sleeping alone.
- Have parties and plan get togethers as much as you can. You don’t have to throw big parties, just ask a few friends to come over and watch a new movie or play some fun board games while eating good foods.
- Tell a friend that you don’t like being sitting at home alone all the time and maybe she/he will come over and a lot more often. Some people don’t like to come over a lot because they feel they will be annoying you, so let them know that you enjoy their company and would appreciate it if they came over more.
- If you are a student, what better way to get ahead in your studies than to plan study groups? This way you are learning and not feeling lonely at the same time.
- If your friends can’t come over all the time, than talk to them on the phone as often as you can. Texting is okay, but it typically won’t help you feel any less lonely and the same goes for instant messaging.
- Family can be just as good as friends for helping you not feel so lonely. Ask your brother to come by and watch the big game tonight or call your sister and ask her to come do your nails or dye your hair.
You can also take classes to meet new people and to get out of the house. Maybe you’ve always been interested in cooking or learning a new language, if so than now is a good time to actually start learning them.
3. Find a roommate. If you really hate living on your own and you don’t think you can handle it anymore, try finding a roommate to move in with you. You can ask friends and family members to move in or you can put an ad in the newspaper saying that you are looking for a roommate.