Whether you’re living by yourself through choice or incident, adjusting to a big change like this can often be difficult. However, with a little time and patience, living alone is something that most people can acclimatise to. At first, it may seem like a daunting prospect, but don’t worry. We’ve got some handy tips that will help you to adapt to this new environment.
Take Some Time Out
We all need time to get used to new things and living alone is no different. If this is something that is new to you, make sure you give yourself time to adjust both physically and emotionally. This may be a particularly challenging if you’ve recently lost or split with a partner, or if you have left a busy family environment, so don’t be hard on yourself. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get used to your own company.
If you feel like you want to talk to someone about how you feel, friends or family can be great sources of comfort. However, if you’d rather talk objectively to somebody you don’t know, there are a number of services available that can be used to provide support in situations like these. For example, the NHS offers a free counselling support service for bereavement that you may wish to make use of. Alternatively, you could visit your local GP or a private therapist who may refer you for further counselling.
Get into a Routine
In the past, running a household is something that you may have had help with. However, you may now be faced with taking on new challenges or tasks that were previously irrelevant, which can often seem overwhelming. But some quick planning can help you to gain some control and stop the workload building up.
Lists are a great way to condense your thoughts. When you get up, spend some time in the morning thinking about what you’d like to do with the day ahead and make a list of all the things you’d like to get done. This can include anything, from paying bills to walking the dog, however, is a great way to ensure that menial tasks are completed.
Writing a schedule is also another great way to guarantee a productive and ordered day. You can create daily or weekly schedules, whatever suits you best. If you know that you have to do something on a particular day, like attending a doctor’s appointment or a visiting a friend, be sure to write it in before the event so you don’t forget.
Finally, a routine can be a great way to add structure to your day. For example, if you like to read the news, perhaps you could walk to the local shop and purchase a paper every morning. Similarly, you could arrange a weekly visit with a family member or friend that will serve to break up your week.
Plan Social Events
Having something to look forward to is always nice, so try and arrange a social event to enjoy, perhaps on a weekly basis. You could invite a friend over for coffee or pop round to see a family member. Alternatively, if you want to meet new people, joining a local club is a great way to do this. For example, if you have any hobbies or interests like knitting or politics, you could get involved with clubs that will enhance them.
Living alone can be hard but it doesn’t have to be. Follow our tips to ensure you adapt as quickly as possible and continue to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. For more advice on healthy living for seniors, please see our health and care pages, or get in touch via our social media.