Are you distressed by the prospect of living alone even if the house is one you are comfortable in? Many people hate being alone even for short periods of time because they feel anxious without the company of the people they are accustomed to having around. This can curtail your life terribly and it can also make you quite difficult to have around since the people who you want to have around you might feel unfairly restricted.
There are a few things you could do in order to reduce your anxiety at living alone and they are:
Pick up a hobby – You will have very little time to feel depressed or anxious if you have a woodworking or sewing project to complete or even a book to read. Your brain will be kept busy this way, leaving it very little time to contemplate your solitude. Make sure that you pick a hobby that suits your temperament and skills so that you stick with it for a long time.
Get a pet – A pet can serve as a great substitute for a human being who has gone out of your life temporarily or for good. You can choose a high maintenance one such as a dog or a low maintenance one such as a fish or gerbil. In fact, the very presence of a fish tank in your house will help to relax you very much.
Stay in touch with lots of people – You can use technology to stay in touch with people without really needing to step out of your home. If your friends and family members are scattered all over the country or even the world, you could use the internet to stay in touch with them without spending too much money. Keep your interactions short and sweet so that they do not consider your calls and messages to be burdensome.
Be of help to others – You will forget about your problems if you focus on other people’s troubles. Find out if you can help a charitable organization with work that can be done from home, such as administrative tasks.
You will be able to manage being alone if you can keep yourself busy following these tips. In fact, you’ll find it quite possible to be reasonably happy living alone as long as you know how to help yourself. This will also gradually reduce your dependence on others.