Living alone can become a lonely lifestyle if one is not careful to spend their time wisely. Research indicates that there is some relationship between living alone and poor health outcomes as well.
So what is one to do to keep oneself busy all… the … time…?
Walking is a resourceful pastime that also counts as exercise (more on that next) which can be done anytime, anywhere, by yourself. You’ll also release those mood enhancing endorphins which reduce stress and anxiety. If you suffer from depressive symptoms, walk! Research shows that regular physical activity is at least as effective as antidepressants in treating mild and moderate depression, not to mention the slough of other benefits for your mind and body!
This should be an obvious activity for any of us. Exercise is a vital part of living a healthy lifestyle. Living alone is great because you can test out different types of exercises until you find the right fit. Some may enjoy yoga, but fear a yoga class. Pull up YouTube and get down with your bad self! There are several varieties of exercise options for all body types and sizes. Take your time, be patient and find one that works for you.
Another great aspect of living alone. Time and space for meditation can be difficult in a house full of people. Take advantage of your alone time and meditate on the things that you want and need in your life. This activity is yours to define so again, be patient… you’ve got nothing but space around you creating energy that will allow you the time necessary for an enlightening meditation experience.
Gardening is a wonderful pastime and creates a beautiful aesthetic for your yard (or window sill). Grow foods that you will enjoy in your meals. Grow foods that you can give to your friends and neighbors. It will make you feel good, again those endorphins are good for battling stress and anxiety (and depression).
Ever heard of the 10,000 hour rule? Research says it takes 10,000 hours to master a specific talent, be it reading (faster or more comprehensively), writing, or another hobby or interest. Spend time reading about your interest and do other research too. Statistics are fun! Take a look at Malcom Gladwell’s “Outliers” for more on the studies.
While it may seem like a chore, the benefits are actually good for your health. Use natural ingredients in your cleaning supplies. Get your laundry all done on one day of the week (if you can – and you should, you live alone, remember). Spend some time filing that paperwork you’ve been putting off since last tax season. Make your place feel clean and organized and you will be glad to live alone where everything is in its place, right where you left it.
Take some time to relax. Light some candles or incense. Grab some light tunes for the stereo and kick back for a nice long soak. Add lavender for scent and also as a stress reduction enhancer. Lavender has long been recognized for its relaxing benefits.
Take up a new hobby, something that is kind of difficult for you to grasp. Learning new skills are the best way to keep your mind sharp and active into your older age. Plus, who knows, perhaps your inner artist will escape and you’ll become the next Van Goh!
Keep a journal. I like to consider this a form of meditation. You can use a journal for anything; your thoughts, wishes. Even better, keep a dream journal – a place where you can record your dreams for reflection at a later date. Regardless of what you write, you’ll be working parts of your brain that enhance cognitive skill building.
10. Cooking (Healthy Foods)
Remember that garden you started? This is the perfect way to incorporate healthy foods into your diet. It’s important to remember to eat right when you live alone because we all know how easy it is to grab whatever looks ‘easy’ or ‘quick’, but oftentimes these type of meals are full of sodium or other alternative ingredients that aren’t so healthy.
Another brain building exercise. When you live alone, it’s important to maintain activities that will keep you ‘busy’. Thus, set a puzzle up on your dining room table, or better yet the coffee table. Try to set goals for yourself, find ten pieces per day or try to complete it in a certain amount of time. It’s good practice for real life.
Keeping a hold of memories is an important dynamic to our composure. If you don’t feel as though you’re such a ‘crafty’ one, you can organize your photos into albums instead.
It can actually be kind of fun. You’ll never know what you might find that you can use for some craft or other project. It’s also good for the environment and helps out your local communities!
Proper sleep is probably the most important factor in your overall health. Naps are great to keep you powered up throughout the day. It’s also nice to enjoy naps when you live alone because there is nobody to wake you up when you’re in the middle of that really awesome dream!
15. Nothing in particular…..
Try to find yourself some time to do nothing at all! Whatever you need to do to have a few minutes of one hundred percent solitude within yourself each day to relieve tensions and stresses of the world. Take as long as you need. It’s your time after all.
* Bonus Tip – Play music in the background in your daily life, its great company.