Wednesday, August 28, 2013

7 ideas for living alone happily

Following a divorce or the death of a spouse or other close companion, people typically face the challenge of learning to live alone — sometimes for the first time. Loneliness can be profound and difficult to overcome. If you are in this situation, here are some tips that can help:

  1. Look after your physical health. Eat nutritious meals, get adequate rest, and exercise regularly. In addition to safeguarding your overall health, these measures will help ward off depression.
  2. Take things one day at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. Plan your days so you don’t have too much free time on your hands.
  3. If you don’t like coming home to silence, leave the television or radio on when you go out.
  4. Do things that bring inner peace, such as meditating, praying, reading something uplifting, listening to music, or spending time in nature.
  5. Get a pet. Cats and dogs provide companionship and affection. A dog also offers a measure of security and ensures you’ll get out of the house.
  6. Get involved in your community. Volunteer for a neighborhood association, charitable or environmental cause, animal shelter, or political campaign.
  7. Cultivate some solitary pastimes. Take up crossword puzzles, woodworking, gardening, writing, or sketching. Learn to enjoy your own company.
Read more ideas in our summer issue of Today's Transitions.

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