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:
- 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.
- 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.
- If you don’t like coming home to silence, leave the television or radio on when you go out.
- Do things that bring inner peace, such as meditating, praying, reading something uplifting, listening to music, or spending time in nature.
- 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.
- Get involved in your community. Volunteer for a neighborhood association, charitable or environmental cause, animal shelter, or political campaign.
- 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.