Decorating exactly how you like. Doing the dishes in your own time. Having total control over the TV.
There are plenty of perks to living alone. It can provide freedom and build independence like nothing else.
But living alone can also get lonely – even for people who love having their own space.
Excessive social isolation and loneliness can lead to mental and physical health issues such as anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and cognitive decline.
It’s important to fill your days – and your social cup – in other ways to maintain a sense of connection.
We hope these tips help if you get lonely living alone.
Find a routine you enjoy
Structure and consistency can help you maintain healthy habits and bring purpose to your days.
Establish a weekly routine that aligns with your goals and includes things you look forward to, whether it’s a morning walk listening to your favourite music, or a phone call with a loved one on the drive home from work.
Having a regular sleep schedule can also promote productivity and improve mental and emotional health, so keep that body clock in check!
Touch base with friends daily
We all have days where we get home and just want to switch off and escape in quiet solitude. But this can be isolating when it becomes your daily default.
Make an effort to reach out to at least one friend or family member each day to ensure you’re getting your daily dose of connection. This doesn’t have to be a long phone call – it could be as simple as asking a friend how their weekend was or sharing a successful dinner recipe.
Get out of the house
Getting out of the house doesn’t just provide a change of scenery from your four walls – it can also help you feel connected to the world around you and offer opportunities for social interactions.
Find a new nature walk to try out, read a book in a nearby park, or become a regular at your local café. You could even make a list of attractions and activities in your area that you can tick off throughout the year.
Have friends over regularly
A housewarming party shouldn’t be the only time you invite friends over. Make your home a social space so you can appreciate it as more than just the place you sleep.
You don’t have to host an elaborate dinner party every week, but having a few friends over for a games or movie night is a great way to bring laughter and conversation into your home.
Recognise your triggers for loneliness
Check in with how you’re feeling and identify any patterns.
You might notice you feel most lonely during certain days and times. Once you identify a trigger, you can take steps to prevent the negative feelings.
For example, if your loneliness kicks in on Sunday afternoons, you might like to schedule in an afternoon walk with a friend during that time so you’re not alone with your thoughts.
Seek professional support
Living alone can be a great opportunity to get to know – and work on – yourself.
Our experienced counsellors offer a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings and help you find solutions and coping strategies.
You can learn more about our counselling service here, or call 1300 364 277 to book an appointment in person, over the phone, or via Zoom video call.
We offer tips to overcome social isolation in this blog post.