Whether you've found yourself living alone because of a break-up, or you've chosen to live alone because you like it, taking time to consider a strategy for solitary living can steer you clear of depression and boredom.
- Step 1: Enjoy some quiet time at home with a nice glass of wine or a hot bubble bath. Just don't fall into a rut and avoid going out when given the chance.
- Step 2: Throw a party and have friends over whenever you want, and don't worry about cleaning up until the next day -- unless you want to. Just enjoy the freedom of your solitary living situation.
- FACT: In 2010, 31 million Americans, or 27 percent of all households, were living alone, up from 9 percent in 1950.
- Step 3: Start a journal to converse with yourself and track your thoughts. This will help you achieve more introspection and be better able to express yourself when there is no one around.
- TIP: Pick up an exercise DVD to help you stay motivated and active, even in bad weather.
- Step 4: Revisit an old hobby you have neglected in your busy life, or learn a new skill with the extra time you have. Just find something that makes you happy.
- Step 5: Stay active with an at-home exercise routine or get outdoors for a hike through the woods or bike through the wilderness. Just don't spend all your down time in front of the television.
- Step 6: Make your house or apartment your own. Paint the walls, decorate the rooms, and move the furniture to match your style. Live happily without having to compromise.